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Technology, businesses and market changes are so fast nowadays that product development needs to be extremely adaptable or it risks a failure. To accommodate to this situation, CMI Defence, a Belgium weapon systems specialist, implemented a flexible project management approach which is based on the agile methodology. While the traditional project management uses the waterfall model where each phase of a product’s life cycle takes...

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LAA-Blog---1.5.2-Interface-Sustainability

Interface is a modular carpet manufacturer from LaGrange, Georgia, USA that started its Lean Product Development Journey as part of the new sustainability business strategy, a Directive Mission Zero established by its chairman and CEO in 1994. Due to commitment to Mission Zero, Interface is maintaining its position among world’s sustainability leaders and improving its products and processes. [su_spacer size="20"] Continue reading to get more insights in...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-SIEMENS

Siemens Building Technologies is a part of the German multinational conglomerate Siemens AG. It is one of the world’s leading companies in building automation, fire safety, and building security, with its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. In order to retain its competitive position and to improve efficiency, the company launched the Lean Product Development initiative in 2010 and has come a long way since. The main expectation...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-HERRERO

Herrero Builders is a construction company established in San Francisco in 1955. Its lean journey started with the commitment from its top management. One initial activity to change the mindset of its employees to enable this cultural change was to organize study-action groups. Teams were formed to read “The Toyota Way” and brainstorm how lean principles could be implemented in the construction sector and develop...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-AIRBUS

In 2011 Airbus Defence & Space began to implement lean thinking counting with the commitment from senior management. The company has focused on the implementation of Hoshin Kanri, Value Stream Mapping and Visual Management to improve the engineering capability throughout the organization. [su_spacer size="20"] Airbus Defence & Space is one of three companies within the Airbus Group. The lean thinking approach has integrated all the functions required...

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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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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-gorangustafsson

Traditionally product development has focused on selecting one concept at the early stage and then further develop it. This perhaps is what might feel more natural: focusing all our efforts in one direction so no time is wasted on resources eliminating many ideas that will never make it to the market anyway. On the other hand, Set-Based Thinking could be considered the opposite approach to this latter traditional way as it...

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During my career, I have often been confronted with a range of issues which almost seem insurmountable to my teams. By asking this one question, “what is your core technology and is it fully understood”? the scale of the issues can be reduced significantly. This article will discuss this in detail and aims to show the significant benefits of understanding the core. I will use an actual example to allow you to draw comparisons to your business.

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