Tag Archives: lean

Resources on Set-Based Design

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, yet I could travel both.” —Not Robert Frost   A reading list on set-based design (part of lean product development).   Applied Fluid Technologies. Information on boat design.   Baldwin, Carliss, and Kim … Continue reading

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Review – The Principles of Product Development Flow (Reinertsen)

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, by Donald Reinertsen. Celeritas Publishing, 2009. Lean product development can be looked at as flow-based product development. Reinertsen draws on a variety of areas (economics, queue theory, control theory, … Continue reading

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Review – Getting the Right Things Done

Getting the Right Things Done. Pascal Dennis. LEI, 2006.A lean thinking book about “strategy deployment” – planning and execution. It’s in the form of a story mixed with explanation. Touches on a variety of tools: “True North,” PDCA, catchball, A3s … Continue reading

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Set-Based Concurrent Engineering

Set-based concurrent engineering: considering a solution as the intersection of a number of feasible parts, rather than iterating on a bunch of individual “point-based” solutions. Continue reading

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Review – The Toyota Product Development System

The Toyota Product Development System, James M. Morgan and Jeffrey K. Liker, Productivity Press, 2006. Toyota's lean manufacturing system has had a lot of press, but lean influences their product development approach as well. This book emphasizes the system aspects … Continue reading

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Alistair Cockburn on Bottlenecks

Bottlenecks and strategies. Continue reading

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Review – Lean Solutions

Lean Solutions, James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Free Press, 2005.These are the authors of The Machine that Changed the World. (The “machine” was lean production.) In this book, they expand on the idea of “lean consumption.” Their idea … Continue reading

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The Roots of Lean – Kaizen

Training Within Industry as a source for lean ideas. Continue reading

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Review – Product Development for the Lean Enterprise

Product Development for the Lean Enterprise, Michael N. Kennedy. Manning, 2004. Toyota’s lean manufacturing gets a lot of attention. But there’s also a Toyota approach to product development that’s less well known (though Mary Poppendieck does talk about it). This … Continue reading

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Review – Office Kaizen

Office Kaizen: Transforming Office Operations into a Strategic Competitive Advantage, William Lareau. ASQ, 2003.This book applies lean ideas to office work. Many of its ideas will be familiar to people in agile, but applied in the non-software world: charters, daily … Continue reading

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Simulate the difference between batch and lean approaches. Continue reading

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Review – Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints: What is this thing called Theory of Constraints, and how should it be implemented? Eliyahu Goldratt. North River Press, 1990.Let me give my rare thumbs down review (usually I just ignore the ones I don’t like). I … Continue reading

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Lean Manufacturing and Software

Is writing software more like manufacturing cookies or more like designing cookie cutters? It’s easy to wish that we could develop software like a factory stamps out cookies, but software has a design or creation element that is missing in that analogy. Lean manufacturing is a different approach than a traditional assembly line, and offers some lessons for software development. Continue reading

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Review – Lean Software Development (Poppendieck and Poppendieck)

Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit. Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck. Addison-Wesley, 2003.This book considers software development from the perspective of lean manufacturing, as popularized by Toyota. In lean approaches, there is a sense in which there is a constant … Continue reading

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Review – Thinking Beyond Lean

Thinking Beyond Lean, Michael A. Cusumano and Kentaro Nobeoka, Free Press, 1998. The subtitle is “How multi-project management is transforming product development at Toyota and other companies,” and that pretty much says what it is. Once you have lean approaches, … Continue reading

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