6 Habits of Highly Successful Lean Product Development Teams

Elyssa Pallai - 8/15/17 10:01 AM
We left school thinking we were going to change the world and then reality hit. The fact is new product development is a complex undertaking, full of uncertainty and risk. So why are some companies (and new product development teams) more successful than others?  Here is our list of the six habits of highly successful Lean product development teams and companies.
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Where is My (Tesla) Model 3?: Or how manufacturing works by Elon Musk

Elyssa Pallai - 8/3/17 11:28 AM

Where is my Model 3? Apparently Tesla customers are still asking Elon Musk this very question. (He just released the keys to new 30 owners 4 days ago.) So what's the rub? In this video clip Elon Musk explains how manufacturing works and why the Model 3 is late.

There is something comforting in knowing that even Elon isn't immune to the problems inherent in manufacturing, including the limiting constraint...

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Best Lean Books: Achieving record speed through effective management of queues and batches

Elyssa Pallai - 7/27/17 10:38 AM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on setting a record pace for product delivery by managing queues more effectively and creating smaller batches of work. What are smaller batches you say? Read on...

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Innovation and Lean Product Development: Mars anyone?

Elyssa Pallai - 6/27/17 9:59 AM

Technology and innovation is alluring, mystical. And as such, once you’ve worked in an innovative company, with the innovative people that come with it, it really is hard to make the shift to any other industry.

To keep up, I scan the tech news daily. Nothing has caught my attention more than SpaceX. Reusing rockets is an innovative idea, and Elon Musk’s team just keeps innovating at lightning speed...

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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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