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Launching the Best Practices Discovery Project 2017

Launching the Best Practices Discovery Project 2017

Launching the Best Practices Discovery Project 2017

Since 2015, the Lean Analytics Association and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) from Lausanne, Switzerland, have been running the Lean Product Development Best Practices Discovery Project (BPDP). We launched this research project as a response to the lack of successful industrial cases of lean thinking implementation and application in product development. Therefore, the main goal of the BPDP is to discover, document and disseminate the lean product development best practices of the most innovative companies from around the world to inspire others to start their lean journey! Fifteen companies have already shared their best practices in the two previous projects. And guess what? We are currently looking for companies interested to participate in the Best Practices Discovery Project 2017. Continue reading to find out what is in it for you and how you can join the project.

As mentioned before, our objective is to discover, document and share best practices BPDP 2017of lean implementation and application in product development. Lean product development is an approach that goes beyond lean manufacturing, thus shifting the paradigm from waste-elimination to value-creation in the innovation process (read more about Lean Product Development).

Over these years working with different organizations, we observed that the same questions come up as soon as we touch the subject of lean product development and innovation. Also, looking at the dozens of books about Lean Product Development, the lack of industrial application is evident. However, people and companies are genuinely interested in what is happening in the world of lean product development, especially in practical industrial examples. This, together with the desire to create an open global community of lean innovation professionals, triggered our thinking on how to bridge the gap between theory and industrial application. To bring real industrial cases to the wider public with the aim to inspire and also suggest how to start this lean journey is one of our key goals. To give companies which have successfully implemented lean thinking in innovation the opportunity to shine on the global scale. To provide practitioners with an environment open to knowledge and experience exchange. We found the answer in the launch of the Lean Product Development Best Practices Discovery Project.

Now that you know the story behind the Best Practices Discovery Project, it’s time to have a look into what benefits this project can provide to you and your company:


Document your efforts implementing lean thinking for product development.

Information will be collected through a half-day interview and a Gemba Walk.


Use the SMART Maturity Assessment tool to identify maturity level of implemented lean thinking practices in product development.

Benchmark anonymously with other innovative companies.


Contribute to the publication of a book that will be available for sale with all industrial cases from the Best Practises Discovery Project 2017. Each participating company will receive one free copy.

Become recognized among practitioners as a leader in lean product development.


Present your lean journey at the Lean Innovation Forum 2017.

Network and share experiences and ideas for future improvements with other practitioners.

 But here is the best part, the participation is FREE (with the exception of travel expenses), and we will never ask you for any confidential information or information you are not willing to share. The project requires a minimum commitment from participating organizations (estimated to 2 to 5 days) while giving you a value of over 40,000 EUR (absolutely free of charge*).

A simple timeline of the project is outlined in the image below.


If we triggered your curiosity, then get in touch by registering your interest (use the button below). But don’t forget, the deadline is March 17th, 2017.

Become recognized among practitioners as a leader in lean product development and innovation, and register your interest in the Lean Product Development Best Practices Discovery Project 2017 today.


To find out more about the Best Practices Discovery Project 2016 and 2015 or read more about our previous projects, click one of the buttons below:

Best Practices Discovery Project 2016

Best Practices Discovery Project 2015

* LAA average travel expenses for interviews and companies’ travel expenses to the Lean Innovation Forum 2017 apply



Lean Analytics Association

Lean Analytics Association (LAA) is a non-profit organization that helps companies to transform by enabling lean thinking in their innovation processes. LAA was founded in Switzerland in 2012 as a spin- off from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Our mission is to facilitate the transformation of companies by applying lean thinking and innovation best practices in the product development process. To accomplish our mission, we focus on enabling professionals to learn, innovate, and share to enable them to remove waste and accelerate the innovation outcomes providing training, organizing networking events and continuously research the latest trends.

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