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What Does Airline Capacity Have To Do With Lean?

Observation on Lack of Capacity A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (The Reason Southwest Stopped Overbooking), which contained excerpts from an interview with Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly, brought out the need to address airline capacity issues on the ground and in the air. Responding to a question on the impact of lack…
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7 Steps to Integrate Medical Device and Lean Product Development

In a previous blog, we covered why medical device companies often don’t use lean product development with their product development.  You’ve thought about it and made the decision to try using lean product development.  The objections from Quality and Regulatory are many.  You know there must be a way, but you just need some help…
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3 Lean and Agile Methods the TSA Used to Improve Performance

Why TSA Security Lines Aren’t as Bad as You’d Feared”, covered recent changes that have been made in order to address the long lines and the amount of time spent to clear airport screening.  The results they quoted were staggering and much better than I expected.  At O’Hare, the wait “fell from 105 minutes in…
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Regulatory Requirements Do Not Prevent Integration of Lean and Agile Methods into Medical Device Product Development

Lean and agile are frequently used terms in product development.  The advantages of these techniques to improve time to market are well known.  Some medical device companies feel that lean and agile techniques cannot be used because of design controls.  However, the regulations don’t prevent the use of those techniques during product development. In the…
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One World, Different Perspectives of Product Development

There is surprisingly little overlap in the various communities involved in product development. This article describes some of the differences in perspective….
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Hurry up and WAIT – Pitfalls of the Phased and Gated Process

A phased-and-gated process suffers from speed issues, read on to learn more. ……
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Agile Methods in Medical Device Product Development

Medical device product development is different from other industries, so is it ok to use agile methods? …
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Start the year off right, and get lean with PLAYBOOK (2:27)

We are impressed with the results we’re seeing for our clients that use PLAYBOOK.  It is a light-weight VERY easy to use project execution software program that enables lean and agile methodologies. Again and again, we have seen our clients struggle when it comes to choosing the right projects, optimizing resources and improving time to…
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Strategy 2 Market Gets Lean with PLAYBOOK

Strategy 2 Market is excited to join forces with PLAYBOOK, a project execution software program that enables lean and agile methodologies. Again and again, we have seen our clients struggle when it comes to choosing the right projects, optimizing resources and improving time to market. And more often than not, this is because they lack…
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Getting the Right Things Done

“Getting the Right Things Done” by Pascal Dennis is one of those books which remind us how important it is to have a big picture view of the organization and build focus on project execution.  Using lean techniques founded in the Toyota Production System, Dennis walks the reader through the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process, the…
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