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LAA: What we do?


As a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, LAA aims to conduct cutting-edge research to discover the trends, challenges, and business impact when organizations implement lean thinking in the innovation process. We believe our research can raise the awareness and inspire practitioners around the world to start or refresh their ongoing lean journey to become better, faster and more customer-centric through the implementation of lean innovation best practices.

We work hard to  discover, analyze, document, publish and diffuse the trends and best practices from companies that are implementing lean thinking in the innovation process. These latter research outcomes have also been the basis for the creation of different training modules to develop talent in organizations interested in starting or reviving their lean journey with the latest lean tools and methods.  We deliver our trainings courses using gamification in order to maximize the learning outcomes and participants engagement. Continue reading to find out how we are achieving our mission, and collaborating with practitioners through different services that will enable them successfully navigate through their lean innovation journeys.

When Lean Analytics Association (LAA) was launched in 2012, it offered three key services to the market:

  1. SMART Maturity Assessment for Lean Product Development
  2. Collaborative projects with industry to advance specific lean product development fields
  3. Networking opportunities for lean product development experts and practitioners enabled through the organization of a yearly conference

Since then, LAA has diversified its offer which now includes the following seven services:



The Lean Innovation Community is a community dedicated to forward-thinking people and businesses with a desire to connect, grow and improve trough application and exploration of lean innovation and product development practices. Joining the community enables you to tap into the world of open knowledge exchange, connecting with lean practitioners, experts and professionals that share the same passion for innovation and improvement as you do, and much more. But the Lean Innovation Community is not your average community where members do not interact; quite the contrary, the Lean Innovation Community invites and encourages its members to initiate new discussions and actively participate in existing ones, to share their knowledge, experience, and challenges with others by co-authoring a blog or hosting a Webinar, to attend our industrial events and trainings, and more.

Find out what benefits Lean Innovation Community has to offer for you, and how can you join here.

Since 2013 we organize the Lean Innovation Forum, which each year brings together more than 50 lean experts, practitioners, and companies from a variety of industrial sectors and from different continents.

The Lean Innovation Forum aims to become the single biggest annual lean innovation event for practitioners, experts, and people/organizations striving to become better, faster and more user-centric by enabling you to:

  • Share and exchange knowledge and experiences, and discuss the latest trends in Lean Thinking for Innovation
  • Learn from the best lean practitioners, organizations, experts and researchers
  • Meet and network with like-minded people and organizations
  • Find out about the possible future directions and new ideas for your lean journey
  • Shape the future through solving today’s challenges
  • Establish yourself as a thought leader in innovation and lean thinking

Find out more about our events and how you can attend them here.


At LAA, we are aware that it can be challenging for busy organizations to develop new training to keep up with the rapid advancements of innovation approaches, lean tools and techniques, and improvement methodologies.

Most of our training courses use innovative teaching techniques and are designed in a way to encourage interaction, promote experience and make learning fun, memorable and effective. Each course is designed to maximize the learning out-takes and can be adapted to any company’s specific needs.

As part of the LAA’s mission to learn, we have developed a portfolio of training courses consisting of different modules ranging from basics such as the Introduction to Lean Product Development to more advanced courses such as Set-Based Integrated Innovation and Design Thinking.

Find out what trainings we offer, who are they for and how can you attend them by clicking here.


SMART Maturity Assessment is a tool that helps companies to identify their maturity level of implemented lean principles and practices in their product development.

Completing the SMART Maturity Assessment helps to:

  • Increase the lean awareness within the organization
  • Identify and understand all opportunity gaps
  • Develop an accurate roadmap and action plan based on quantitative outcomes
  • Identify the progress done implementing a lean journey
  • Set future directions and strategy developing an action plan
  • Benchmark with other organizations that have used the SMART tool

Find out how the SMART Maturity Assessment can help your organization.

Since the launch of the LAA, we are actively engaging organizations around the world in different action research projects, with the purpose to support the improvement initiatives of participating organizations, and to provide fresh insights to the global community of lean innovation practitioners and experts.

Over the last three years, our most prominent project, called Best Practices Discovery Project, has been targeting to identify, categorize, document and share the lean product development best practices from leading innovative companies from different industrial sectors. The best practices are shared at our annual Lean Innovation Forum, and published in a book, that is available to the public.

Find out if your organization could become the next year’s participant and what benefits await you. Register your interest for BPDP 2017 here.


Sharing and knowledge exchange is a big part of the Lean Innovation Community, and Webinars are a great way to connect a number of members of the wider lean community. The Webinars are run by experienced lean practitioners and experts, but all facilitated by our team. Webinars are ranging from basic, but crucial, topics about lean innovation, to deep-dive into more specific topics, and to lean coffee debates, aiming to engage interesting discussions and solve a challenge or two.

Find out more when the upcoming Webinars will take place and vote on the topics of your interest.

The idea about bringing Lean Experts together in a unified network and connecting them with businesses looking to improve their innovation capabilities and boost their growth has been growing for the last couple of years, and in 2016, it has finally matured to the stage of realization. This year, LAA has started to actively search and connect various lean experts with the aim to offer the best possible services to our partners and organizations across the world. Hence, if you are looking for an expert to help you with a specific challenge, or if you are the expert that is looking for new opportunities, get in touch or visit our website for more information.
Therefore, LAA today offers seven different, but seamlessly integrated, services, which together contribute to fulfil its mission to raise awareness of the  unique opportunities lean thinking can offer for, both, SMEs and large organizations: 
  • Improve innovation capabilities
  • Reduce its time to market
  • Improve customer experience by putting customers first from idea to launch
  • Ensure high-quality of products and services
  • Eliminate waste and inefficiencies
  • Expand its business through identification of more market opportunities
  • And more.

LAA’s services are here to help solve your challenges and push the boundaries of innovation. Don’t wait for tomorrow and start learning, innovating and sharing together with LAA today!


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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