Innovation Through Lean: Novel Solutions to Your Most Important Problems

Key Takeaways:

  • Innovation is defined as "the process of finding novel solutions to important problems."
  • Lean has been linked with Manufacturing and Process Innovation from its beginning.
  • Lean practices not only help eliminate waste that gets in the way of innovation - Lean Thinking directly helps you become more innovative.

 

 

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
January 7th, 2014
Updated: 
January 7th, 2014
Steve Jobs: The Master of Innovation

This Knowledge Brief reflects the observations of a passionate outside observer. I never met Steve Jobs, and I only know one person who works at Apple (distantly). But I have been following his work for over thirty years. The first time I touched a computer, it was an Apple IIe. I went to Reed College, the place Steve Jobs famously dropped out of after one semester - but hung around long enough to “get” the importance of proportional fonts in a calligraphy class. Our labs were filled with Macs and even a few NeXT workstations.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
October 13th, 2011
Updated: 
March 20th, 2012
Delay Is Not Always Waste: Specifications in a Lean Organization

Key Takeaways:

  • Specifications are always waste - some are necessary waste.
  • We can minimize unnecessary waste in our specs by breaking them down, making them easy to use, making them visible and easy to change.
  • In a lean product development organization, the specs and the product design emerge together during early product development.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
September 15th, 2011
Updated: 
September 15th, 2011
Intimate Customer Knowledge: The Ability to Recognize and Deliver Customer Value

Key Takeaways:

  • The Customer Value Stream includes acquisition, installation, training, use, storage, maintenance and disposal. Even use of the product can be waste.
  • Drivers of customer value contributes to the customer’s perception of a product’s value.
  • Anyone who makes decisions that impact customer value needs a good understanding of the drivers of value and the customer’s value stream.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
June 10th, 2011
Updated: 
June 10th, 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
The Impresario and the Three Ring Circus: Product Development Leadership Models

Key Takeaways:

  • Product development is a complex endeavor that requires a strong leader who can coordinate all of the pieces to produce a coherent whole.
  • In any model, product development needs business, customer, technical and process leaders.
  • As teams gain more experience with lean product development practices, the role of the product development leader changes from pushing activities to pulling knowledge through the product development system.

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