Key Strategies to Successfully Implement Lean Development and the Synergies with Advanced Product Quality Planning

Fierce competitive conditions are driving companies to adopt Lean strategies to improve corporate financial performance. Eliminating risk in execution as new products are brought to market to fuel growth is an imperative to achieving success. Lean strategies are increasingly being extended to include groups outside of operations; most notably product development. To date, very few companies have successfully implemented Lean in the product development process.

The obstacles to implementing Lean in product development often stem from a lack of understanding of the different approaches; Lean Engineering, Lean Design, and Lean Development. Each approach has associated implementation challenges and will require a different plan. This paper focuses on the Lean Development approach which incorporates core considerations for the elements of the Lean enterprise environments during product development.

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