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
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January 19th, 2014
The Power of Learn Before Design: Six Reasons to Use Rapid Learning Cycles

Key Takeaways:

  • Most people want to try Rapid Learning Cycles to eliminate late design changes and build reusable knowledge.
  • The structure of Rapid Learning Cycles reinforces systematic problem-solving and gives suppliers / partners a good place to plug in.
  • Rapid Learning Cycles build the process backbone for SBCE

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Katherine Radeka
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August 9th, 2013
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August 9th, 2013

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The Value of Multiple Alternatives: The Nuts and Bolts of Convergent Decision-making and SBCE

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Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 31st, 2013
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May 31st, 2013
No Managers Allowed! Why Managers Should Stay Out of the Way During Integration Events

Key Takeaways:

  • A manager's major responsibility in an Integration Event is to stay out of the team's way.
  • For some managers, that means literally leaving the building.
  • Managers who have learned how to trust their teams, show respect and provide good coaching can be in the room - and stay out of the way.

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Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 24th, 2013
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May 24th, 2013
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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Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 28th, 2012
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January 28th, 2012
The Five Laws of Convergence: Explore multiple alternatives to make better complex decisions

Key Takeaways:

  • Convergence makes complex decisions more manageable by breaking the decision down into a series of steps and by reducing the risk of making a poor decision.
  • The Five Laws of Convergence ensure a good result from the convergence process.
  • Convergence applies to any decision where there is a range of alternatives with limited information about them, and the consequences of making the wrong decision are severe.

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Katherine Radeka
Created: 
June 24th, 2011
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June 24th, 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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Katherine Radeka
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February 24th, 2011
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February 24th, 2011
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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Katherine Radeka
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January 20th, 2011
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January 20th, 2011
Integration Events: Pull Your Product Design Together

Key Takeaways:

  • Integration Events pull work through product development and help teams identify integration problems early.
  • Integration Plans line out the integration events and team expectations.
  • Integration Events require advance preparation, a format that allows for a lot of interaction and attention to detail, and the ability to “go and see” when the team finds problems.

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Katherine Radeka
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September 16th, 2010
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September 16th, 2010
Convergent Decision-Making: The Power of the Last Responsible Moment

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Katherine Radeka
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May 20th, 2010
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May 20th, 2010