Best Lean Books: Cost of delay and project economic modeling

Elyssa Pallai - 6/20/17 9:39 AM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on cost of delay and project economic modeling. So, without delay, here's our recommended reading list...

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9 Ways to Foster Team Collaboration

Elyssa Pallai - 6/13/17 10:14 AM

News flash. A Harvard Business Review study confirmed what we already knew--team collaboration is hard.

Yes we knew that. But the study also confirms that in complex environments, like the ones hardware development teams work in--often large, virtual, diverse, highly-educated--things get even harder.  Much harder...

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Guide to Lean Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 6/6/17 9:16 AM

Know your current product development process could use a few tweaks or maybe a total overhaul, but don’t know where to start?

We’ve pulled together a slew of resources and content for you to immerse yourself into on Lean product development. Lean really is the business opportunity of the century...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Innovators are superheroes

Elyssa Pallai - 5/11/17 10:04 AM

Is this the Renaissance of invention? Have engineers moved from geekdom to superhero status? We think so.

Because of the efforts of engineers and the rapid pace of advances, in the conceivable future we may be able to render laundry water reusable, reverse paralysis, remove carbon from the air, save the sea and maybe, just maybe, get more sleep. 

Here are six innovations that may just save our world, in our lifetime...

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Lean Product Development (part 8): 4 ways to ensure your initiative won't fail

David Paulson - 4/30/17 6:00 AM

The first attempt to implement Lean product development is critical. If you don’t get it right, there will be more resistance on the next attempt. Getting a successful pilot isn’t rocket science, but there are a few things you must know in order to prevent failure.

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Lean Product Development (part 7): Cultural resistance isn't the reason you can't implement Lean Product Development!

David Paulson - 4/27/17 11:00 AM

I often hear companies use the excuse that their culture is preventing them from adopting Lean product development, or making other positive changes. That’s too bad, because cultural resistance is actually easy to overcome—if you know how.

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Lean Product Development (part 6): The other key principles...!

David Paulson - 4/25/17 11:00 AM

In my previous blog post I introduced two of Don Reinertsen’s books and explained how they contained dozens and dozens of great ideas around Lean Product Development and Flow principles. Either of those books would keep you busy for a long time and have enough content to make great improvements in any new product development process. But as good as they are, we found a couple other sources that contribute greatly to the big impact as well.

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Lean and Agile Lessons That Make Parenting Easier (Really!)

David Paulson - 4/20/17 10:00 AM

My last blog post was about an example of great packaging design from Girl Scout Cookies, and I pointed out that we can learn Lean and Agile lessons from anywhere. It turns out we can also apply Lean and Agile principles anywhere as well. So if you want some easy tricks to solve some common parenting problems, keep reading…!

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6 Lean Ideas for Transforming Your Approach to Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 4/14/17 11:51 AM

Effective product development teams are proactive learners. They thrive on change and active discovery and problem solving. In this environment, the need to be Lean and Agile is a given. Here are 6 Lean ideas that will rev up your already high-performing teams...

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Lean Product Development (part 5): Where in the world should you begin?

David Paulson - 4/13/17 11:15 AM

In the previous two blogs I made a compelling case for Lean Product Development being the business opportunity of the century, and then gave an example of how and why we focused on the wrong end of the value chain. Hopefully by now you’re convinced that some form of Lean or Agile product development process is worth pursuing. But let me warn you about what you’re about to find…

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Innovation and New Product Development: Lessons from the most innovative companies

Elyssa Pallai - 4/4/17 10:07 AM

So how do the most innovative companies foster innovation? Google, Amazon and IDEO share their recipes for success here...

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Lean Project Management (part 10): Daily standup meetings

Paul DeLong - 3/30/17 11:00 AM

 

This is Part 10 of our series on Lean project management for hardware development teams. In this post, we discuss the benefits of holding daily standup meetings to keep the project team focused, daily.

We've covered a variety of Lean principles that have a direct impact on speed to market -- from resource overload to the primary drivers of success in any project. In this part, we discuss the importance of daily standup meetings for fast feedback and execution.

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Lean Project Management (part 8): Using shared team buffers just makes sense

Paul DeLong - 3/30/17 6:15 AM

 

This is the eighth part in our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware development teams.

In this part we discuss another way to reduce multitasking and the next Lean project management principle: replacing individual task buffers with shared team buffers

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Lean Project Management Part 9: Decentralized project planning and execution

Paul DeLong - 3/23/17 3:11 PM

This is the ninth part in our in-depth series on Lean project management and visual work management for hardware development teams.

We've covered a variety of Lean principles that have a direct impact on speed to market -- from resource overload to the primary drivers of success in any project. In this part, we discuss decentralized project planning and execution.

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Lean Product Development Case Study (part 3) - The Impossible Goal!

David Paulson - 3/16/17 11:30 AM

In this post, I want to share an incredible case study that demonstrates the unexpected results that can be achieved when you apply the proper set of Lean Product Development principles. This story was first told by the Engineering Director in a webinar for Management Roundtable, and there's a link to that video at the end of this post. But I'll provide an outline of the presentation here...

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