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LAA-Blog---Lean-Journey-CAREL

CAREL, an Italian HVAC-R company (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) started its Lean Product Development Journey back in 2009 with the reorganization and introduction of new compact teams. The Lean Analytics Association (LAA) team carried out an interview and Gemba Walk at their facilities to document their lean product development best practices and discover how the application of lean thinking in the product development process...

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LAA-Blog---Lean-PD-Book

The Lean Analytics Association team is excited to announce the publication of its first book, Lean Product Development Best Practices, a result of a one-year collaborative project carried out with the participation of 10 innovative companies which have obtained a variety of business benefits by implementing lean thinking in product development. 

This book includes ten industrial cases which describe in detail the efforts each company had to undertake to successfully embed lean principles, tools and techniques in its product development and innovation processes. This book was designed around the lean principle “visual communication”, including over 250 colorful illustrations, tables, artworks and photos of actual tools and techniques used in these 10 companies. If you are involved in or eager to find out more about the practical application of lean thinking in innovation and product development, then this book is the perfect choice for you as it provides over 40 different best practices from successful lean practitioners with years of hands-on experience.

LAA-Blog---Benefits-of-BPDP17

Did you know that by participating in the Innovation Best Practices Discovery Project 2017 (BPDP2017), you can profit from different benefits? Your best practices of lean implementation will be documented, you will meet other experienced lean practitioners, assess the leanness of your product development and more. Continue reading and learn more about the benefits of participating in the Innovation Best Practices Discovery Project 2017 (BPDP17). And guess what? We are now looking for companies to join the project and share their success stories!

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.

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.

Welcome to the LiC

A place for Lean professionals and experts has been just launched. Welcome to the Lean Innovation Community; a community that brings together a global network of lean professionals from companies, universities, consulting firms and other associations, to further explore all aspects of lean thinking for product development and innovation. To welcome you to our Lean Innovation Community, we offer a free one-month trial membership if you register before the end of January 2017.

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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.

laa-blog-lif2016

As part of our mission to help organizations to learn, innovate and share by implementing lean principles in the innovation process the Lean Analytics Association is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Lean Innovation Forum 2016 (LiF 2016). It will be held on Wednesday, Nov 9 in Lausanne, Switzerland with the pre-forum training session on Tuesday, Nov 8 and post-forum training session on Thursday, Nov 10, 2016.

laa-blog-vsm

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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