Join the Product Development Revolution That’s Changing the Way New Value Is Created at the Second Annual #Lean Product And Process Development Conference

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The Designing the Future Summit, set for June 27- 28, 2019, will examine concrete continuous improvement practices for product design and development, not broad generalizations “to be innovative.”

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The 2nd annual Designing the Future Summit is June 27-28, 2019

The common feature of these leaders is that they refuse to accept the status quo of product development.

Last year’s inaugural Designing the Future Summit brought together advanced thinkers and doers from 11 different countries and 18 different industries for a high-energy exchange of game-changing product development ideas and practices. This year’s conference, sponsored by the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), promises to be even better with exceptional product development leaders, representing a diverse set of industries. Registration is open now for the summit, set for June 27 – 28, 2019, in Traverse City, MI,.

“The common feature of these leaders is that they refuse to accept the status quo of product development,” said Jim Morgan, a former auto industry product development executive and co-author of the new book Designing the Future. “They understand that creating a steady stream of new products and services that surpass the competition is the surest path of sustainable growth and they are embracing the principles and practices of Lean Product and Process Development.”

Lean Product and Process Development is an initiative of the Lean Enterprise Institute.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Tyler Schilling, president and founder of TechnipFMC Schilling Robotics, and Andy Houk, vice president of product development;
  • Frank Paluch, executive vice president of Honda’s North American manufacturing operation, who spent five years as president of Honda’s R&D North America;
  • David Crawley, a founder of startup Ubiquity Robotics and former head of strategic initiatives at Cypress semiconductor;
  • Susan DeSandre, a former senior executive at Apple and Ford;
  • Steve Shoemaker, general manager of engineering for Caterpillar’s Earthmoving Division;
  • Jim Morgan, PhD, senior advisor for Product and Process Development at LEI and a global engineering director at Ford during the product-led revitalization under then-CEO, Alan Mulally;
  • Jim Womack, co-author of Lean Thinking and Machine That Changed the World, and author of Gemba Walks, will explore re-thinking value creation for a world in which customers often seek a solution to a complex problem involving many products rather than one product.

Breakout sessions and workshops include:

  • Giving Users a Voice in UX Design;
  • Industry Revolution Pulled by Lean Product and Process Development;
  • Managing Product Development in Healthcare with Visual Management;
  • Set-Based Concurrent Engineering;
  • Visible Knowledge;
  • Craft Beer Game: Leading the Innovation Pipeline;
  • How to Develop New Value with the A3 Process;
  • Lean Process Creation: Why Developing a Product that Customers Actually; Want Requires a Great Process to Produce and Deliver It.
  • Plus, several more to be announced

For the complete agenda and to register go to

“Together we are changing the way new products and services are created,” Morgan said. “Join us in Traverse City, June 27-28 to learn how to improve your organization's development capability. Your future may depend on it.”

Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) is a powerful system based on lean management principles for developing new products or services concurrently with the processes needed to make and deliver them profitably.

The LPPD Learning Group is a unique co-learning partnership of design and product development leaders from diverse companies that want to dramatically improve how they develop products and services. This select group has demonstrated executive commitment to lean transformations, an enthusiasm for collaborative learning, and a willingness to share the results with the global lean community. Learn more about the group at

About LEI
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training, publishing, and research organization based in Boston, MA, with a mission to makes things better through lean thinking and practice to create more value and prosperity while consuming the fewest possible resources. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit LEI at to learn more.

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