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
The Evolution of an A3: How A3s Change Over the Life of a Problem to Build Reusable Knowledge

Key Takeaways:

  • Problem-solving A3s often evolve into Proposal A3s.
  • Any type of A3 can evolve into a Knowledge Capture A3 - in fact, this is one of the best ways to begin capturing reusable knowledge.
  • Your investment in the evolution of your A3 pays off in the increased impact your ideas will have on the whole organization.

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Author: 
Gene Radeka
Created: 
February 20th, 2013
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February 20th, 2013
Product Platform Architectures: Value-Driven Architecture for Customer-Centered Results

Key Takeaways:

  • Product Platform Architectures eliminate waste along the entire value stream.
  • Levels of modularity allow a company to adopt a Platform Architecture strategy that fits their industry, product strategy and customer needs even in situations with high demands for tightly integrated product designs.
  • Platform architecture teams require clear strategic objectives to guide their decisions.

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Katherine Radeka
Created: 
September 8th, 2008
Updated: 
March 20th, 2012
TRIZ for Lean Innovation: Increase Your Ability to Leverage Innovation Across the Enterprise and Beyond

Key Takeaways:

  • TRIZ is a structured problem-solving method based on patterns of problems and solutions.
  • Product developers use TRIZ to create breakthrough solutions by applying existing knowledge to problems in unexpected and innovative ways.
  • TRIZ supports lean product development by strengthening a team’s ability to leverage and reuse knowledge across the enterprise and pull in knowledge from other companies and industries.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
September 8th, 2008
Updated: 
March 20th, 2012
The Idea is the Unit of Knowledge: How to Find and Capture the Single, Focused Ideas that Get Reused

Key Takeaways:

  • The Single, Focused Idea is the unit of knowledge.
  • It is much easier to capture, share and re-use single, focused ideas than complex systems.
  • To find the single, focused ideas within a complex topic, begin with a high level view and then develop a plan to drill down into one small piece at a time.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
October 20th, 2011
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March 20th, 2012

This is an example of a Knowledge Capture A3 Report created from a Feature Request A3 Report. The source document is Digital Video Capture.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 18th, 2012
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March 18th, 2012
Knowledge Capitalization: Maximize (Value - Waste) in Your Knowledge Creation Value System

Key Takeaways:

  • Knowledge Capitalization maximizes (value - waste) in Knowledge Creation Value Streams.
  • Visualization helps make knowledge more understandable in the present and more reusable in the future, by making communication much more clear.
  • Each of the four value streams has a body of knowledge to capitalize upon.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 19th, 2011
Updated: 
May 19th, 2011
Standardized Knowledge: What It Is and How It Can Make You More Innovative

Key Takeaways:

  • Standardized knowledge is knowledge that has been consciously embedded into the natural flow of product development.
  • Standardized knowledge comes from the process of institutionalizing the countermeasures that project teams have developed to solve recurring problems.
  • Standardized knowledge supports innovation by avoiding preventable problems and by making the areas of risk in a new product stand out more clearly in early development.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 24th, 2011
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March 24th, 2011
How to Convert a Project-Specific A3 into Reusable Knowledge

Key Takeaways:

  • The fastest way to begin building a library of reusable knowledge is to become skilled at converting Problem-Solving and Proposal A3s into Knowledge Capture A3s.
  • Most of the sections of the original A3 will just need to be updated to reflect the current state of the implementation.
  • The author will add sections to capture lessons learned and make actionable recommendations to help the next reader apply them.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
February 17th, 2011
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February 17th, 2011
A River of Knowledge: Flow and Pull in Product Development

Key Takeaways:

  • The concepts of flow and pull define the characteristics of an effective value stream.
  • The Knowledge Creation Value Stream is an organic flow that follows our understanding of the customer and the technology.
  • We maximize flow in this value stream by removing barriers to knowledge sharing, and we maximize pull with a strong product vision and deep understanding of customer value.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
February 11th, 2011
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February 11th, 2011