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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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
September 8th, 2008
Updated: 
March 20th, 2012
The Value of Knowledge: What Our Lean Operations Partners Can Learn from Lean PD

Key Takeaways:

  • Lean product developers can teach Lean Operations about the value of knowledge.
  • Lean product developers have learned a lot in the last decade about how to make knowledge more reusable, making it easier for you to share countermeasures across sites.
  • Convergent decision-making may help solve complex problems in a dynamic environment.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
December 15th, 2011
Updated: 
December 15th, 2011
How to Build a Trade-Off Curve

Key Takeaways:

  • Trade-off curves organize product design data into reusable knowledge.
  • Data for trade-off curves can come from mathematical analysis, product design data, simulations and physical experiments.
  • Trade-off curves must be understandable, believable and actionable to be reused.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
July 7th, 2010
Updated: 
July 7th, 2010
Product vs. Platform: Who Decides?

Key Takeaways:

  • There is an inherent tension between product and platform needs for product lines based upon reusable knowledge.
  • Product- and platform-dominated architectures each have their strengths and weaknesses.
  • We can transcend the trade-offs by recognizing that reusable knowledge exists along a continuum between the value of standardization vs. the value of customization.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
May 27th, 2010
Updated: 
May 27th, 2010
Technology Roadmaps: Strategic Plans for Identifying and Capturing Reusable Technical Knowledge

Key Takeaways:

  • Technology roadmaps are models to show how long term strategic objectives lead to specific technology development needs.
  • The most effective technology roadmaps make the strategic intent behind technology decisions visible on a time scale that clarifies current levels of investment.
  • Organizations usually need multiple technology roadmaps to support different areas of technology or specific strategic objectives.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 3rd, 2011
Updated: 
March 3rd, 2011
Trusted Sources: The Importance of Authorship in Capturing Reusable Knowledge

Key Takeaways:

  • Credibility is the first thing that determines whether or not knowledge is reusable.
  • The dimensions of credibility include recommendations from others, consistency, accuracy, openness to feedback, availability for questions and interesting or new insights.
  • Knowledge Supermarkets support the development of trusted sources by making authorship and contact information easy to see, and by adding features that support commenting and recommendations.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 17th, 2011
Updated: 
March 17th, 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
Updated: 
March 24th, 2011
You Don't Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way: How to Encourage Knowledge Reuse

Key Takeaways:

  • Reusable knowledge must be understandable, believable, actionable and generalized.
  • Effective templates for knowledge capture encourage reuse by ensuring that the knowledge is packaged so that it can be reused.
  • Professional Networks, Knowledge Supermarkets and cultural supports provide structure to support reusable knowledge.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
June 16th, 2010
Updated: 
June 16th, 2010