Speed Through Flexibility:
Convergent Decision-making and SBCE

Open Session:  Fridays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21
9:00 am EDT / 15.00 CEST for one hour

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 19th, 2014
Updated: 
January 19th, 2014
Five Principles of Innovation Through Lean Lean Thinking to Find the Unfilled Niches and Learn How to Fill Them

Key Takeaways:

  • Principles describe what your company will do differently to be more innovative.
  • Deeply Understand Customer Value and Ask Why? to find unfilled niches that open up opportunities for innovations.
  • We Think in Converging Sets, Stand on the Shoulders of Giants and Fail Fast to Learn Fast about our ideas, to see whether or not they have the potential to be innovations.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 13th, 2014
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January 13th, 2014
The Lean Product Development Process: How Learning Cycles, SBCE, Integration Events and Phase Gates Fit Together

Key Takeaways:

  • Rapid Learning Cycles, Integration Events, Convergence and SBCE combine to build the Lean Product Development Process.
  • Groups transition from a stage-gate PDP to the Lean PDP in a series of learning cycles that build on each other to reduce late design loopbacks and other problems.
  • Rapid Learning Cycles are the first step for most product development teams.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 28th, 2012
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January 28th, 2012
Planning for Set-Based Concurrent Engineering: How to Keep a Complex Process in Synch

Key Takeaways:

  • Successful SBCE depends upon a good Integration Plan, and an understanding of how the unanswered questions depend upon each other.
  • The whole team lays out the big picture but sub-teams plan their own daily work.
  • Integration Events keep the whole team in sync, moving towards the common goal.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 20th, 2011
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January 20th, 2011
Eliminate the Weak: How Probing for Weaknesses Leads to Better Design Decisions in SBCE

Key Takeaways:

  • We get the best results from convergence processes like SBCE when we eliminate weak alternatives instead of selecting winners.
  • Convergence tests that probe for weaknesses are more likely to find problems that could cause design loopbacks later in development.
  • Decision tables can help a team eliminate alternatives that are clearly not worth any investment - but they cannot substitute for a convergent decision-making process.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
February 24th, 2011
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February 24th, 2011