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LAA-Blog---1.3.4-CMI-LeanMindset

Lean Product Development is a paradigmatic approach for new product development that has surfaced in 1990s, which elements, tools and methods have been widely applied across companies around the world and benefits were described by many. However, most companies highlight one particular area as being the foremost challenge in implementing lean in product development and innovation; the human behavior or the mindset of employees across all...

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LAA-Blog---1.6.3-Munters-A3

During its lean transformation Munters, a global leader in energy efficient air treatment solutions, underwent a strategy deployment exercise. They needed a way to consistently, simply and quickly capture and communicate policies (vision, mission, goals) between different levels. They found the answer in an A3 Thinking. A3 thinking is primarily a problem-solving approach that uses a single standard A3 format sheet of paper to guide, capture...

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LAA-Blog---1.5.5-Interface-PDCA

Interface, based in LaGrange, Georgia, USA and the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of modular carpets, kicked-off its new sustainability business strategy Mission Zero in 1994, established by its chairman and CEO. As part of the Mission Zero, Interface also launched the Lean Product Development Journey aiming to continuously improve the end to end product development process to reach the Mission Zero’s goal by 2020. Interface...

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LAA-Blog---1.7.3-P&W-DecisionMapping

A world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, Pratt & Whitney is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Excellence is one of seven Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) core values. To continuously achieve excellence, knowing what the organization needs to learn and close the knowledge gaps quickly is an important advantage. Decision mapping is a technique that helps to...

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LAA-Blog---1.2.3-CAREL-CI&5S

CAREL, an Italian HVAC/R introduced the Lean to the Product Development process back in 2009. After the R&D reorganization, implementation of visual project management and establishment of PDCA, CAREL decided the need to do more to support its product development teams. In 2012 company launched two Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives: (1) Dedicated time for CI activities within “focus areas”, and (2) 5S 2.0 initiative for...

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LAA-Blog---1.10.3-WinGD-Waste

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), a Winterthur, Switzerland-based developer of 2-stroke low-speed Gas and Diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping, began its lean product development journey in 2011. Through its journey, the company learnt quickly and established best practices in several aspects of lean product development. Waste elimination is part of lean improvements and WinGD wants everybody in the company to understand...

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LAA-Blog - LiF2017 - Myrna

As part of the Lean Innovation Forum taking place in Madrid from 24 to 26 October 2017, we will host The DARE Approach to deploy Lean Innovation Best Practices to accelerate new product development workshop at Toyota Auditorium in the afternoon of October 24. [su_spacer size="20"] [row] [column lg="4" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] [/column] [column lg="8" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] The DARE Cycle proposes a continuous learning approach to enable the...

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LAA-Blog - LiF2017 - Norbert

As part of the Lean Innovation Forum taking place in Madrid from 24 to 26 October 2017, we will host the Leading people and cross functional teams in a lean innovation environment workshop at Toyota Auditorium in the morning of October 24.   Many lean change agents cite “the people” as the biggest challenge in the transformation. This was certainly an experience that Goodyear’s lean champion, Norbert...

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LAA-Blog---1.5.4-Interface-VSM

Interface, a modular carpet manufacturer from LaGrange, Georgia, USA 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. [su_spacer size="20"] To streamline the product development processes, Interface conducted Value Stream Mapping (VSM) workshops revealing several improvement opportunities enabling them to build an action plan to improve their product development process. [su_spacer...

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LAA-Blog---1.7.4-P&W-KPI

Pratt & Whitney, part of  UTC (United Technologies Corporation) headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA, is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. To continuously deliver excellence to the customers, a well-defined and up-to-date metrics needs to be in place. [su_spacer size="20"] [row] [column lg="9" md="12" sm="12" xs="12" ] Pratt & Whitney (part of United Technologies Corporation - UTC) is a...

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