Mapping Methods for Product Development Flow: Alternatives to Value Stream Mapping and When to Use Them

Key Takeaways

  • I don’t use traditional value stream maps frequently in product development - instead, I use alternatives that do a better job of modeling flow in product development.
  • Knowledge and information flow diagrams and design structure matrices model the Knowledge Creation Value Stream.
  • Gantt charts and simplified value stream maps model product development processes.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
March 19th, 2012
Updated: 
March 19th, 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
The Power of Visual Models: A Deep Dive into the MODEL step of the LAMDA Cycle

Key Takeaways:

  • MODEL ensures that people build a shared understanding of the problem - and proposed solutions - before making decisions.
  • 65% of the population are visual learners who respond especially well to visual models.
  • Effective models are focused, simple, empathetic, supportive of the narrative and accurate enough for the audience.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
November 18th, 2010
Updated: 
November 18th, 2010
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
Lean Program Management: Simplify planning, tracking and status updates to spend more time creating value

Key Takeaways:

  • Use simple, visual models to replace high-maintenance project plans.
  • Create a “pull” system for project information - so that you pull what you need from your teams and your stakeholders can pull what they need from you.
  • Reinvent your program team meetings to focus the team on creating customer value.

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Author: 
Katherine Radeka
Created: 
April 26th, 2010
Updated: 
April 26th, 2010