Eight Short Video Interviews with Don Reinertsen That May Change Your Approach To Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 10/17/17 10:41 AM

Got time to read a book? Lately, neither do I. That's why I was very excited to find these 8 short video interviews with Don Reinertsen. In minutes, not hours, Reinertsen shares some of his product development gems...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Elon Musk on becoming a multiplanet species

Elyssa Pallai - 10/5/17 11:34 AM

 

Elon Musk wants you to be inspired. He wants you to be inspired by the future. To him, an inspired future means we are a multiplanet species...

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WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) and How to Calculate It

Eric Graves - 9/28/17 9:57 AM

In life, sometimes it just seems easier to continue doing things the way we are used to instead of seeking new approaches that may cause the inevitable friction associated with change. This is certainly the case with adopting the Weighted Shortest Job First approach to project prioritization. First come, first serve, right?...

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New Product Development: So you want to change the world?

Elyssa Pallai - 8/31/17 1:32 PM

Remember when you wanted to be a super hero?

Not like Superman, but someone who changed the world with great ideas that became cool products. A medical device that transforms patient outcomes, a car that gets 100 mpg but is still fun to drive, an airplane that is silent, roads that melt snow and fix themselves… 

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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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