Launching the Best Practices Discovery Project towards Lean Product Development
The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) aims to provide state of the art research about the latest trends in lean innovation. On Friday March 6 2015, LAA organized the Best Practices Discovery project kick-off meeting in Lausanne in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and Politecnico di Milano. Ten companies from different sectors and countries joined the project to collaboratively share their best practices and lessons learnt.
Lean Innovation is the application of lean thinking principles in all stages of the new product development process from ideation to launch. It focuses on value creation, provision of a knowledge environment, continuous improvement and the implementation of novel tools and techniques such as set-based concurrent engineering, serious gaming and design thinking to encourage innovation and collaboration. The successful implementation of lean thinking in the new product development process has increased the interest of innovative organisations to learn how others started their journey and reduced their time to market.
Best practice is a solution that has consistently produced positive and sustainable results compared to those achieved with other means. At LAA we aim to inspire companies to implement best practices by researching, documenting and enabling companies’ experiences and positive results to be shared with other organisations that have similar needs and challenges. We believe that the most innovative thinkers develop their products quicker because they are:
- Open to new ideas and challenges
- Willing to share and learn from different industries and
- Collaborating with various sizes of companies and sectors
Participating companies in this first Best Practices Discovery project are: Airbus (Spain), Carel (Italy), CMI Defence (Belgium), Herrero Builders (USA), Interface (USA), Munters (Italy), Pratt & Whitney (USA), Telefonica (Spain), Siemens (Switzerland), and Winterthur Gas & Diesel (Switzerland).
In the following months of the Best Practices Discovery project we will carry out on site face to face interviews to discover and document lean practices and experience of participating companies. These will be then published in the Lean Product Development Best Practices Booklet, which will be presented and released at the Lean Product Development Forum taking place in November 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.,
Throughout the project participating companies will have the access to LAA’s SMART Maturity Assessment Tool to assess their lean maturity level and at the same time carry out benchmarking to identify opportunity areas.