Applying the Principles of Flow

Track: Keynote - Donald Reinertsen, Raum: Plenum, 30.06.2015 - 09:00 to 10:00


Lean methods have been used for over 50 years in production processes, producing huge economic benefits. They are based on many principles that are transferable to product development. In fact, these methods are the only practical way to simultaneously achieve large improvements in the speed, quality, and cost of product development. However, using lean methods in product development requires some insight. Certain methods that work in Lean Manufacturing are toxic in a product development environment. For example, if we try to eliminate all variability we will, as an unfortunate side effect, eliminate all innovation.

The speech is based on the award-winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development. It will introduce you to both the science and the practical methods of Lean Product Development. It draws upon ideas from a variety of domains including queueing theory, telecommunication network design, computer operating systems, and lean manufacturing.