Get Leaner, Greener Value Streams from Product Development

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Lean Product and Process Development to make step-change improvements to development capability and business performance.

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Jim Morgan, PhD, senior Lean Product and Process Development advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute.

LPPD makes product developers better environmental stewards by creating products and end-to-end value streams that are 'lean and green' from the start.

The principles of lean product and process development (LPPD) take companies to a higher level of cross-functional collaboration that creates not only the very best product, but the most effective end-to-end value stream possible, according to James Morgan, PhD, product development expert and senior advisor at the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI).

What is LPPD?
More than just a strategy for developing a single product, LPPD is a system for consistently delivering great products and profitable value streams, consisting of all of the activities required to deliver value to customers. It has been applied successfully to a wide variety of organizations, including automotive, aircraft, software, medical devices, appliances, and pharmaceuticals.

“An important LPPD principle that helps improve cross-functional performance in the development process is ‘compatibility before completion’ Morgan said during a Q&A in the October issue of Automotive Engineering magazine. Previously, Morgan was a global engineering director at Ford during its product-led transformation. Building compatibility checks into the development process ensures that designs are compatible with all system requirements prior to production. These requirements often include such areas as interdependent parts, manufacturing, quality, service, as well as total environmental impact.

“It’s about moving beyond just a focus on how we complete this individual project on time and on budget,” Morgan said. In addition to delivering much greater value to their customers, LPPD makes product developers better environmental stewards by creating products and end-to-end value streams that’s are “lean and green” from the start, he noted.

In this Q&A, Morgan also described how he saw LPPD principles being applied to meet environmental goals during a recent visit to Toyota headquarters in Japan.

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About the Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, makes things better through lean research, training, publishing, and events. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI supports other lean initiatives such as the Lean Global Network, the Lean Education Academic Network, the Healthcare Value Network, and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Learn more at

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