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Efficient Process & Knowledge Based Environment

LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-WINGD

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) develops 2-stroke low-speed Gas and Diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. WinGD engineers products to order, while manufacturing is made through a worldwide network of licensees. WinGD introduced lean in 2011 focusing on the development of new products and solutions to add value to its customers. Through its journey, the company deployed different lean thinking best practices...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-P&W

Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation – UTC, is a world leader to design, manufacture, and service aircraft engines and auxiliary power units headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. [su_spacer size="20"] Excellence is one of the seven Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) core values. With the aim to continuously improve the company’s processes and ensure excellence is present in every product and service delivered to...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-MUNTERS

Munters, a global leader and partner in energy efficient air treatment solutions, commenced their lean product development journey in 2011. The purpose? To decrease time to market, streamline R&D processes and ensure company’s vision flows throughout the organization. [su_spacer size="20"] To develop its lean product development implementation strategy, Munters performed a thorough assessment of the various elements including: R&D enablers, surrounding partners, strategy definition and alignment, usage...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-TELEFONICA

Telefónica is one of the world’s leading telecommunication service providers, operating in 21 countries, employing around 120,000 people, and serving over 360 million customers around the globe. In 2011, the continuous and rapid changes in the telecommunications market led Telefónica to reinvent itself and transform into a digital telecommunications company. The combination of traditional telco assets combined with digital ones, enable its customers to access and...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-CMI

Continuous growth and market demanding shorter development times, lead CMI Defence, a weapon systems manufacturer from Belgium, to transform its product development approach. In 2013, the company embarked on its Lean Product Development journey by setting-up for lean. This initial step aimed at producing a strategic roadmap for the implementation of different lean product development enablers to systematically develop, implement and roll-out several smaller improvement...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-INTERFACE

  Interface is a manufacturer of modular carpets from LaGrange, Georgia, USA. The company started its Lean Product Development Journey as part of the new business strategy, a Directive Mission Zero established by its chairman and CEO in 1994. [su_spacer size="20"] The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) team carried out an interview and Gemba walk at Interface facilities to document how it maintains an inviting environment for continuous improvement...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-CAREL

CAREL, an Italian HVAC-R company (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) started its Lean Product Development Journey back in 2009 with the reorganization and introduction of new compact teams. The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) team carried out an interview and Gemba Walk at their facilities to document their lean product development best practices and discover how the application of lean thinking in the product development process...

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Kane Alward is General Manager of Product Development at Fisher & Paykel Appliances; a company that designs, develops and produces premium home appliances for kitchen and laundry. Being responsible for over 350 product development professionals, Kane has years of hands-on experience from product and technology strategy to lean leadership and implementation for a global business with revenue over $1 Billion.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances completely changed from stage-gate to a lean “Learning-First” Product Development philosophy and system in 2006.  Since then, the company’s 350 designers, engineers, and scientists have driven significant improvements in Product Development productivity and quality from a lean focus on the knowledge required to deliver value to the customer.

laa-blog-lemo

Innovations are like people: they are born, they continuously grow, they saturate, and decline. In the past 15 years, a product’s life cycle has shortened fourfold. At the same time, 6 out of 7 innovation projects never reach the market. This means innovation is more essential than ever, but also remains rather risky. . According to the Accenture study, 70% of CEOs identified innovation as strategic, while...

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laa-blog-vitalsmarts

The big Question: How can you motivate someone who isn’t motivated? You can’t. But you can help them find their own source of motivation. Leverage on the 3 human aspects – the vital behaviours, personal motivation and ability, peer pressure and working on social influence – the most potent force for sustainable Lean initiatives.   The Researches, Mini-workshop, and Objectives: In VitalSmarts research we found that most leaders put...

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