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Lean PD Best Practices: Fisher & Paykel


Lean PD Best Practices: Fisher & Paykel

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Fisher & Paykel followed the stage-gate process for years, but has repeatedly experienced multiple issues such as delayed product launches. Although Fisher & Paykel launched some very innovative and successful products over the years, the company, including most product development employees, felt the need to change in order to differentiate from competition. In 2005, the desire to change grew to a point where the company started to actively explore new potential solutions for its design centers. Later that year Fisher & Paykel came across Lean Product Development, and, having benefited from lean manufacturing methods for many years, the Lean Product Development approach quickly attracted the company’s attention. In 2006, Fisher & Paykel embarked on their implementation journey, starting with the training and education of core people on Toyota’s product development system. Over the following 3 to 4 years, the company not only implemented the core enablers of Lean Product Development, but also undertook the entire cultural transformation, maximizing the benefits of the new product development system, tools and enablers.

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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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