Upwards of 80% of the cost (and hence, waste) is committed for a new product or service by the time product and process designs get locked-in during development before operations even builds one part. Instead, many leaders still choose to focus the majority of their improvement efforts where 80% of the cost is incurred—the operational value stream, post-launch. One can't help but ask, why don’t organizations focus more creative lean design energy within the product development value stream?
LPPD Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
Jim Morgan is Senior Advisor for Product and Process Development at The Lean Enterprise Institute and lead coach for LEI's LPPD Learning Group. Dr. Morgan was Director, Global Body Exterior, Safety, and SBU Engineering at Ford Motor Company during the product-led revitalization under CEO, Alan Mulally. Prior to Ford, he was Vice President at TDM, a tier one, global automotive supplier of engineering services, prototypes, tools, and low volume parts and assemblies. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is co-author of The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process, and Technology and has developed and taught graduate courses on lean manufacturing and product development.
June 2014 e-letter from Jim Morgan
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Business Editor, Lean Enterprise Institute
Cam Ford is an editor, writer, and content manager at the Lean Enterprise Institute, as well as the managing editor of LEI's blog, The Lean Post. He is a journalist by education and a marketer by trade, and blends these two very different types of communication together to oversee the stream of content for LEI's online publications. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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John Drogosz is a product and process development coach at the Lean Enterprise Institute. John has over 20 years of lean manufacturing, product development and above shop floor experience. As Vice President at Liker Lean Advisors, he has led lean transformations in a number of companies across various industries, including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, Areva, Peugeot-Citroen, Tenneco, Johnson Controls, Eaton, Hertz, Schlumberger, Harley-Davidson, Embraer and Caterpillar.
Dr. Drogosz currently teaches classes in LPPD and lean manufacturing for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is a contributor to the book Toyota Product Development System by James Morgan and Jeffrey Liker, as well as Liker’s book The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement.
In the past he held a management role in enterprise-wide lean implementation at Delphi Automotive and worked through John Shook’s TWI Network. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s and Ph.D in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Question: I have applied value stream mapping in the manufacturing environment and on a few administrative processes, but I am ...