I joined LPPDE as a board member and I so excited to join and be part of a non-profit organization that I have admired for many years and now I can keep learning together with peers of lean thinkers. LPPDE is it is an organization that brings entrepreneurs, practitioners, and experts together all with a shared passion of exchanging their lean knowledge, together with their dedication and joy to keep learning. I have attended and also been a presenter at the LPPDE conference a couple of times and it provided me with a new excellent learning experience and exposed me with new perspectives on how to apply and practice lean product development. I learned something new at each conference either through the workshops or from other speakers and learned how to utilize new lean tools and techniques. What I like the most is the real-life examples, where a speaker will present their organizations’ lean journey with a focus on what did work and what did not work. By having both sides of the journey helps the transformation on how to engage with a team by failing fast and succeed quickly.

Developing better products faster and more efficiently

Continuous improvement culture means an incremental improvement of products, processes, or services over time. Take a look around in your organization and see how much time is wasted best guessing or using workarounds or if you have ‘firefighter’ mode where the project team spends a lot of time putting out ‘project fires’.

What I have learned through my career is you can be in ‘firefighter mode’ in projects where issues keep coming and the project team is working as fast as they can and if you mention that is time to review the process sometimes you won’t get the immediate support because the team members are struggling with too many priorities in the development queue.

This is where it’s important to zoom out of the current project and find out the root cause together with a value stream mapping. In most cases, it’s a lack of process or lack of the right information at that right moment where the team will make a project decision.


The value stream mapping

This is one of the most important continuous improvement strategies – it looks at the flow of process within a company to see where a value is being added. It helps to identify and isolate all the steps in a process and will highlight where value is being added and where waste is occurring. Through this value stream mapping, it is easy to eliminate the waste or modify areas that need to be improved.

Value Stream Mapping Illustration

Learn more about ‘what if’ value stream mapping click here


What does research show us?

Then again how many organizations are actually utilizing lean product development? If your organization is already using lean development techniques means you are going in the right direction and are properly solving problems, delivering products faster to the market and are fostering your continuous improvement culture. According to bcg.com many companies have considered lean methods but only a few apply it routinely, this has a big impact on the companies profit. Keep in mind the biggest impact to profit is the cost of delay, so why wouldn’t you begin your lean journey  
BCC report Considering lean engineering
  So how do you keep the motivation for continuous improvement within an organization? It’s doesn’t just show up one day at the doorstep – you need to have the right people with the right skill set in your organization who can act as ambassadors. These ambassadors must have a passion and a drive for continuous improvement and with their creativity, they can lead the change of the continuous improvement culture one process at a time. According to BCC The Boston Consulting Group report about “The Lean Advantage in Engineering” it found those lean ambassadors (lean champions) have success in decreasing development time significantly, which for me shows how important is to foster a continuous improvement culture within your organization.  

Join a LPPDE conference and start your lean journey!

LPPDE has two international conferences every year to best serve the growing interest in lean thinking. It attracts entrepreneurs, practitioners, and experts across multiple industries to learn beyond their field with tools and skills which you cannot be taught in-house or online. Explore more at LPPDE.org to see which conference suite you the best and start your personal and professional lean journey – see you there!  

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