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Lean Product Development

A 21st century paradigm for the operation of effective product development systems

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Lean Product Development

Lean Product Development is a 21st century paradigm for the operation of effective product development systems.  The foundation for Lean thinking applied within the design and development functions is the Toyota Product Development System. This distinguished approach was first introduced to Western product developers in business literature just after the turn of the century.  Authors and thought leaders such as Allen Ward, Michael Kennedy, James Morgan and James Liker interpreted the Toyota practices, and rendered them into a theoretical framework accessible to Westerns.  The order-of-magnitude greater effectiveness of the Lean approach has motivated product development leaders to master the guidance laid out in the theoretical framework in pursuit of the tremendous benefits.

Over the course of the last decade, trial and error implementations of the Lean Product Development theory have educated us on how to incorporate and blend the principles of Lean into product development practice elegantly, without a complete, disruptive overhaul of the way we work.

We at EAC are totally committed evangelists of Lean Product Development.  It is a critical component of our goal of elevating America’s competitive position in the global marketplace.  We inform organizations of the theory and benefits of a migration to Lean principles through a series of public and private seminars.  We help companies launch their Lean focused improvement efforts through a series of hands-on workshops and supplementary consulting services.  We guide our partners throughout the transformation process, by keeping focus on Lean’s first principles and staying engaged until the critical behaviors that are the goal state of the transformation have been established and deeply rooted as operational habits.

Features and Benefits

  • Root cause problem solving, and knowledge based decision making free organizations from the tyranny of fire-fighting.
  • A learning-first approach to development increases innovation while concurrently reducing the risk of missed deadlines.
  • New knowledge generation and knowledge capture methodologies drive the economy of reuse and enable a mentor-based development of resources.
  • This holistic and systematic approach to product development converts a problem-finding, blame workforce into a self-motivated, problem solving force.

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