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Conference Background

With the broad-based success of lean manufacturing across multiple industries over the past decade, the pressure has steadily increased for companies to take lean concepts further upstream in the product development process. Applying lean principles to the creative and non-linear environment of product development has proven to be a formidable challenge. Adding to that challenge is the fact that there is no universally prescribed method for applying lean concepts to product development. Clearly, The Toyota Product Development System is well known and highly praised, but is often emulated with limited success. Other methods take a more economically-based approach to applying lean concepts that have the most potential for payback and still others focus primarily on waste reduction. Which lean methods and approaches will have the most impact, which are right for your company to pursue and how can you get started on the right path?

To address these critical issues, Management Roundtable is pleased to announce its fall conference, Profiting from Lean Product Development: Toyota Methods & Beyond, to be held October 14 – 15, 2008 in Chicago, IL. This two-day program will bring together the leading lean thought leaders and advanced practitioners to discuss key strategies and approaches to successfully implement lean principles into product development and the resultant impact on productivity, cycle time and profits.

By attending, you will come away with guidelines, how-to’s and case examples to:

  • Achieve breakthrough results versus incremental gains - 50% faster product development cycle times and 5-10x the productivity of your engineering department

  • Implement lean thinking into company culture and company paradigms to gain buy-in from key stakeholders

  • Create, capture, share, and reuse robust technical knowledge across design projects

  • Adopt lean methods like batch size reduction, queue management, and cadence to significantly increase speed and quality while decreasing development costs

If you’re in the midst of implementing lean concepts into product development and aren’t pleased with the early results or if you’re just getting started, this program offers a unique learning opportunity as well as a chance to interact with a select network of lean product development experts and practitioners.

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