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Innovation Tag

Lean Product Development Survey

In parallel to the Lean Product Development Best Practices Discovery Project, we are launching the Lean Product Development Worldwide Survey, to identify trends, good practices, challenges and future opportunities practitioners have been facing during their Lean Product Development journey. Lean product development/innovation practitioners participating in the survey will receive a free copy of the final report. This global survey is open until January 31st, 2017. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

LAA Webinars

From January 2017, the Lean Analytics Association will offer a series of knowledge exchange webinars in order to diffuse lean thinking trends, best practices and novel tools to improve the innovation and product development processes. Organized as part of the Lean Innovation Community, these webinars aim to enhance practitioners’ learning and expand their expertise to help them reinforce their lean innovation journey.

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The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire companies to transform their innovation process by implementing lean thinking.

Founded in 2012 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), LAA aims to enable practitioners to:

Learn from trainings and webinars offered by a network of lean experts about the latest lean trends as well as available tools and methods

Innovate by increasing practitioners’ awareness and knowledge to implement the latest proven lean innovation practices resulting from the LAA’s observatory and collaborative research projects

Share and exchange challenges, solutions, lessons learned and ideas with other practitioners and experts within the Lean Innovation Community, or at one of the LAA’s industry driven events.

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Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is one of the key methodologies used to start a lean journey. It has been successfully applied in manufacturing processes and is now becoming increasingly used in the innovation and product development processes to reduce cycle time and identify improvement opportunities. It also provides a simple and quick way to visualize all activities that deliver value and eliminate those that generate waste.

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Organisations are continuously pressured to launch new products and services to gain competitive advantage and satisfy highly demanding global market. And most of this pressure is directed towards product development teams, where majority of organisations still follow traditional or so called stage-gate processes. Although stage-gate process works, it is not flexible enough and tends to constrain creativity and innovation.

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