LPPDE North America 2017, San Jose
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San Jose Convention Center
The San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California is located right in the center of the city, with walk access to hotels, shops and restaurants. The City of San José, is the economic, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley and the largest city in Northern California. San Jose's location within the booming high tech industry, as a cultural, political, and economic center has earned the city the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley". Major global tech companies including Cisco Systems, eBay, Adobe Systems, PayPal, Brocade, Samsung, Acer, and Western Digital maintain their headquarters in San Jose.
We have negotiated a discounted rate at the San Jose Marriott Hotel. Attached to the San Jose Convention Center, the Marriott is home for the pre-conference workshops and provides the easiest access to both the conference and the other participants. Join us at the Marriott for the full conference experience.
Our conference location and hotel can be reached easily with train (San Jose Caltrain Station) and plane (San Francisco or San Jose). The easiest access is provided from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport - SJC, where a bus and taxi services are provided to San Jose city center.
We look forward meeting you at the LPPDE North America 2017 - Accelerating Innovation!
A comprehensive overview of the agenda is available in this download.
September 18, 2017: Pre-Conference Workshops
To enrich your learning experience, you can sign up for pre-conference workshops on September 18, 2017. These sessions typically are in groups of 8-16 people and are highly interactive and tailored to the audience as much as possible. We offerworkshops for starters in the Lean Product Development domain as well as for experienced lean practitioners.
- Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates - Lean Product Development Flow [full day] More info
Don Reinertsen, Product Development thought leader, author, creator, consultant and R&D guru coined the term “fuzzy front end”. Creator of the Lean Product Development Flow methodology, a management revelation for new product development, Don will be guiding participants on an in-depth journey into creating flow within your R&D engine, so that you can deliver your new products in half the time and with greater quality and features than you thought possible.
Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 35 years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 15 years. He is considered one of the leading thinkers in the field of lean product development and is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development: “Principles of Product Development Flow,” “Managing the Design Factory” and “Developing Products in Half the Time”. His latest award-winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”
- Norbert Majerus, Lean Champion and Shingo Prize winning author Goodyear & LPPDE Board Member - Lean Innovation Workshop[full day] More info
You have watched Lean Start Up build fast-learning innovation processes into the software sector, enabling startups to disrupt entire segments of our society. But how do we in the device, services or product universe reliably innovate to disrupt our segments? Norbert Majerus, Lean Champion at Goodyear R&D and Shingo Prize winning author leads an interactive workshop on recreating the fuzzy front end to radically accelerate and deliver more successful products.
Although lean has found widespread application in manufacturing and services, there have been very few sustained implementations in R&D and even less in the innovation creation process. Lean start-up thinking has energized the area of computer applications but the manufacturing innovation lags behind.
The resistance to lean and innovation is unfortunate: the benefits of applying lean principles to innovation or R&D even at the fuzzy front end of the innovation cycle, can be much higher than what has been accomplished in traditional applications, such as manufacturing and services. Benefits include higher agility, more successful new products, better delivery and much higher speed to market.
This workshop focuses on the following subjects:
- Why innovation is important in all industries, services and processes
- The lean principles that take an idea to a successful product
- Examples and case studies of successful implementations
- How to engage the people in the transformation
- Quick learning cycles (agile, scrum)
- Minimum viable products
- Fail fast and often to succeed quickly
Beginning in 2005, Norbert has implemented a principles-based lean product development process at the three global innovation centers of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. For nearly a decade he has been Goodyear’s lean champion in research and development.
Norbert recently published his first book “Lean-driven Innovation”, which won the Shingo prize, and he has spoken at many conferences in the US and other countries.
- Göran Gustafsson, Senior Lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology & LPPDE Board Member and Peter Palmér, Senior Manager at Scania and LPPDE Board Member – Introduction to Lean Product and Process Development[morning] More info
We have all struggled to get innovations to market on time, on budget and with the features that our customers want. Fast, effective, and repeatable innovation is built on key principles. Göran Gustafsson, a leading Lean PD academic at Chalmers University of Technology, and Peter Palmér, Senior Manager in the R&D Way Office at Scania lead an interactive introduction to Lean Product and Process Development that shares those principles, and give you hands-on experience with the tools that you need to begin building a better innovation engine at your company right now. This half-day workshop is an introduction to Lean Product and Process Development and is intended for those needing a broad view of the subject. We start with a flow simulation to create a common base of understanding. The teachings of the simulation will be expanded to create an understanding of the Principles of Lean Product and Process Development and how the system works. Special attention will be devoted to visualization and knowledge management, keys not only to delivering one innovation, but accelerating future innovations that will follow.Key points
- Learn the basic elements of the Lean Product Development system
- Understand the differences between principles and methods & tools as applied in a Product Development setting
- Focus on creating usable knowledge
- Lead with entrepreneur system designers
- Create teams of responsible experts
- Practice set-based innovation
- Create flow
- Visual Project Management and Planning
- Experience what the Lean Product Development system is like
Göran Gustafsson has worked with research, product development and engineering education in academia as well as in industry in Sweden and abroad. His current research interests are lean product development in general, and the capture, generalization, presentation and reuse of data and other knowledge for product development purposes in particular.Peter Palmér has extensive experience in lean management in both production and product development at Scania, as well as experience of leadership in other cultures. He is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences on the subject of LPD and leadership. Peter has been on the LPPDE board for five years and is a member of various LPD networks and has co-developed LPD training courses with Chalmers Professional Education and The KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
- Tony Wilcox, Vice President, Strategy and Continuous Improvement, Rexnord Water Management & LPPDE Board Member and Charlie Baker, Advisor at Liker Lean Advisors (former Honda Chief Engineer) - Advanced Lean Product and Process Development [afternoon]More info
You are already up on Lean Product Development, Agile and Design Thinking, and have applied some of them successfully in your company. But methods to accelerating innovation are advancing quickly and your company needs to be up on the latest thinking. While sets and flow are still critical basic elements, new methods of developing team creativity, building in quality and driving new product launch are leading to a new era in product development. Tony Wilcox brings you these new methodologies with hands-on exercises and deep interactive discussion.
Tony Wilcox is the Vice President, Strategy and Continuous Improvement, Rexnord Water Management. Tony was a graduate student with Allen Ward, a father of the Lean product development movement, and served as General Manager of Product Development at Harley-Davidson.
Peter Palmér has extensive experience in lean management in both production and product development at Scania, as well as experience of leadership in other cultures. He is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences on the subject of LPD and leadership. Peter has been on the LPPDE board for five years and is a member of various LPD-networks and has co-developed LPD training courses with Chalmers Professional Education and The KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Main Conference, Day 1: September 19, 2017
Keynote and Plenary Speakers
Day one of our main conference is packed with many great speakers from great companies and universities. They bring a wealth of knowledge on how to accelerate innovation.The keynote and plenary speakers are:
- Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates - Improving the Flow of Innovation: The Role of Economics More info
Lean methods originated in manufacturing, and they were brought to perfection on highly repetitive processes like automotive manufacturing. They’re time-tested and they’ve produced exceptional benefits in our factories. However, product development is a very different domain, with very different economics, and very different leverage points. For example, it is always desirable to reduce variability in manufacturing. In contrast, for a product developer, variability is the constant traveling companion of innovation. Incentivizing developers to use proven, low-risk solutions can incentivize them to drive innovation out of the product. The goal of the developer is to flourish in the presence of variability, not to run from it. In this presentation Don Reinertsen will discuss how economics can help us understand how to use lean methods wisely in product development. He will explain how economics can be used to frame some of the tough choices on issues like batch size reduction, WIP control, prioritization, and capacity management.
Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 35 years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 15 years. He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development, and is considered one of the leading thinkers in the field of lean product development. His latest award winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”
- Jim Euchner, VP Global Innovations at Goodyear - Disciplined Learning in New Business Innovation: The Use of Business Experiments More info
Goodyear uses a disciplined approach to new business innovation, which incorporates elements of design, agile development, and the lean startup method. It has resulted in the incubation and launch of several businesses. This presentation will discuss our approach to business model innovation, with a focus on the use of business experiments to reduce the risks associated with the business.
Jim Euchner is VP, Global Innovation, at Goodyear, where he is responsible for business model innovation and for incubating new businesses. Prior to joining Goodyear, he held senior innovation, strategy, R&D and IT roles at Pitney Bowes and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon).
Jim is a co-founder of the MIT Innovation Laboratory, a consortium of companies founded in 1994 to help nurture innovation in organizations. He is also Editor in Chief of Research-Technology-Management, a journal for practitioners of innovation and technology management.
Jim received his master’s degree from Princeton University, where he was a Guggenheim Fellow, and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, both in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
- George Glackin, President at Hatch AVL -Ambidexterity in Action More info
Startups tend to be small, lean, quick and agile. Big corporations tend to be large, resource rich, process driven and disciplined. Each tends to look at the other and say, “Wow, I wish I had some of what they’ve got!” A nice wish, but how can we really make this happen? George Glackin will share learnings from successful companies who operate in an Ambidextrous way, that is they are both agile and disciplined. George brings these lessons from his role as President of Hatch AVL, a startup incubator in Asheville, NC, and from a 35 year career at Procter & Gamble where he was head of disruptive innovation.
George is a graduate of MIT who capped his career at P&G by leading a team focused on Disruptive Market Innovation. He has personally delivered a number of innovations to market, helped P&G develop tools, metrics, and new approaches to systematize and accelerate the speed and success of its internal innovation efforts and he is the co-inventor of numerous patents.
- Seshu Seshasai, Senior Executive, Global Engineering and MFG, Product & Process Development CTO at Hicor Technologies Inc. - Overcoming issues that limit speed in innovationMore info
Dr Seshu Seshasai drove growth, profitability, and productivity through innovation and re-engineering in five major multibillion global companies. He built World Class global engineering teams producing significant yearly growth in new product sales, while holding to budgets and operating plans and managed multiple worldwide locations in a variety of company cultures. He has a reputation as a key technology leader that has conceived and implemented numerous methods to cut costs and compress product development cycle times while developing innovative new products. His numbers based, results driven and focus on speed philosophy combined with a unique combination of technical and business leadership skills have resulted in continuously exceeding expectations while holding multiple leadership responsibilities concurrently throughout his career.
When people talk about accelerating innovation in a company, what they really mean is bigger and better innovation in products to solve problems generating bigger and higher profits at a faster rate. For bigger and better innovation, we need better understanding of the problem and for higher profits we need specific pointed (lean) solutions. Better understanding involves data gathering and processing of it in the best way possible. Developing solutions involves design iterations, build and test in the shortest time and at lowest possible cost. The key to success in accelerating innovation is to have the right talent, team play and processes properly applied in every phase of the activity along with appropriate financial resources. The issues in most companies is typically lack of talent, team friction, misplaced prioritization, unnecessary iterations, start-stops in projects, poor tracking of progress and financials, no regard to processes, and opinionated decisions to name a few. The issues are the same but of different magnitudes in different companies big or small and resulting progress and profits very much depend on this culture.
Seshu’s presentation is about how to minimize the issues above by deploying best practices and processes for innovation, productivity and team management in various company cultures, and on how to customize and continuously improve them for accelerating innovation and growing profits, eventually making it the company culture.
- Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst at Adventurous Thinking Group - MoreThan Ideation: Innovating at Every Stage of Product Development More info
Sally’s Adventurous Thinking Strategy uses Five Lenses to reproduce the broad diverse perspectives and unexpected connections characteristic of consistently innovative brains. The Five Lenses tools and the Adventurous Thinking mindset is terrific for the generation of ideas but is similarly useful during the Product Development, Production and Marketing stages. Where often innovation is focused on the initial ideation stages, Adventurous Thinking reflects a frugal innovation mindset that is constantly looking for incremental innovations as well as big ideas and innovative leaps. Combining disruptive thinking, empathy, design thinking and sustainable life cycle analysis tools, Adventurous Thinking will help you develop a consistently innovative innobēshon product pipeline.
Here is an overview video.
Breakout Sessions Block 1:
- Suzanne van Egmond, Strategic Project Manager Innovation & Development and Lean Master at Philips - Accelerating the front end of innovation through Lean Scheduling. Note: Suzanne replaces Andrey Divayev from Roscosmos.More info
Suzanne presented her concept of Lean Scheduling already earlier at LPPDE. Lean Scheduling is a planning system for product development, that makes use of decison based, knowledge based, tiered planning. The system hasproven to increase milestone reliability, even in front end development. Also, great examples are available on how to connect it to an Agile way of working. In this presentation she will present how lean scheduling accelerates innovation by streamlining the project along its decisions.
Suzanne is the only certified Lean Master in the R&D domain within Philips. After a career in various positions in R&D, she started her journey on lean product development; focusing to support product developers to do their work in the most effective and efficient way. She did that in various parts of Philips, ranging from X-ray equipment to shavers. In January of this year, she started in a more in depth role within the Coffee business of Philips. In that role, she marries the love for lean and coaching engineers to make it happen with an operational role as project manager.
- Sandra McCabe, CI and Quality Manager, Packaging Automation Ltd., Parkgate Industrial Estate – Business innovation More info
Sandra McCabe is CI and Quality Manager at Packaging Automation Ltd., Parkgate Industrial Estate, which ranks 47th in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 league table. She has over 30 years extensive experience as a Factory Manager, Performance Manager, and Continuous Improvement, Quality and Change agent Manager in International Manufacturing, Healthcare, Cosmetics and Toiletries, Aerospace, Photonics, Automotive, Construction, Fastening Systems, Turbo Fuel Systems and Cooling Systems. Many of the companies are American.
Sandra will present Packaging Automation’s journey to Change through Business Innovation, with a good part of interaction with the audience. Who are they, why did they start the journey, and what drove the business to change? An example of their achievements to date will be given. Sandra will also talk about how the company realigned its’ business to improve and the tools that they utilized. How do you for example empower people by creating a culture which encourages new ideas?
- Jd Marhevko, VP Quality/Lean Management Systems & EHS at Accurite –The Power of Lean Flow: 50-20- 20™ More info
Learn how four nationally acclaimed sites in one business reduced their Lead Time by more than half (50%), increased their Productivity (50%) and significantly reduced their Cost per Unit (20%) - while simultaneously improving their product and process quality. See how these sites leveraged standard work to achieve the milestones via the usage of Hoshin Kanri, the utilization of their Steering Committee structure and their application of a robust Visual Operating System in less than three years. This fast-paced and interactive session will provide you with a roadmap as to how you might be able to do this in your own organization. Lean is about Flow. Flow is about speed. Speed is effective only if the process is done right the first time. Lean practitioners will learn the key tenet of Flow: A five year case study will show that a 50% reduction in Lead Time (average) can and does lead to doubled (2x) Productivity and a 20% reduction in Cost/Unit (across the business). This session will share the process of three sites that were awarded the nationally coveted Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Manufacturing Excellence Award. The path of this process will be shared in an interactive way in which participants can take home a model that they, too, can use.
Jd Marhevko is VP Quality/Lean Management Systems & EHS for Accuride. Four Accuride sites have been recipients of the AME Manufacturing Excellence Award (2014-2016). Jd has been involved in Operations and Lean/Six Sigma for almost 30 years across a variety of industries. She is an ASQ Fellow who in 2016 was awarded both the Shainin Medal and honored as one of the top 100 Women in Manufacturing by Washington DC’s Manufacturing Institute. With ASQ she also holds the CMQ/OE, CQE, CSSBB and is a ASQ Certified Trainer. She is an MBB and Baldrige Assessor. Jd is a Past-Chair of the ASQ Quality Management Division, a 22,000 member organization. She holds a BSE from Oakland University in MI and an MSA from Central Michigan University.
- Dan Christinsen, Principal Project Manager & Lean Transformation Program Manager/SMEat Western Digital – Virtualizing the Visual Workflow – Enabling Set-Manage Teams in aGlobal SettingMore info
Simple effective visual communication is a key principle of Lean-Agile Product Development. However, in today’s world of global development teams, leveraging traditional visual management methods become increasingly difficult. Over the past two years at Western Digital/HGST, Daniel Christinsen, Principal Project Manager and Lean-Agile Development Transformation Program Management & Sensei, along with Chad Mitchell, Read/Write Channel Integration Manager, have been researching and piloting means of virtualizing visual management with the goal of finding an approach that would be as effective as traditional co-located teams and visual management boards. In his presentation, Daniel will discuss the challenges of virtualizing visual management, what teams need to consider when looking at virtualizing, along with highlights of their journey in developing an approach that worked for them.
Daniel Christinsen is Principal Project Manager and Lean-Agile Development Transformation Program Management & Sensei at Western Digital/HGST since three years. Daniel is a highly skilled problem solver and mentor and functions an internal Sensei. During his first three years Daniel was a Principal Firmware Project Manager. Previosly Dan worked at Watlow as Program Manager of New Product Development. He is a driven Lean Product and Process Development Exchanger having participated in most of the North American LPPDE conferences.
- Takao Sakai, President at Global Lean Solutions, Inc. – Toyota’s CE system explanation frombusiness process and economical perspective More info
At LPPDE North America 2015 in Texas, Takao talked about “people system” of Toyota Product Development based on the Chief Engineer system. Now he will explain TPD itself, the CE system and the relationship between the CE system and R&D. Also how Toyotas entire system as a company works, since those are neither known nor understood properly. Takao will explain the CE system from a business process perspective and from an economical perspective. He will also talk briefly on the history of TPD, production engineering and digital manufacturing evolution since 1960’s in Toyota such as in-house CAD/CAM/CAE + SMS + ALC. Finally Takao will explain the definition of design quality of Ishikawa’s TQM, how Toyota create customer value and product value match by TPD.
Takao Sakai has more than ten years of experience from designing and building business process and organization led by Chief Engineer in Toyota way product development. Prior to starting Global People Solutions in 2003, he worked as a research engineer at an Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Cyber space laboratory. His research areas were OODB, Multimedia Database, Image Retrieval, and Knowledge Management. Takao Sakai holds a BS and an MS in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo. Takao Sakai authored the book "The Age of Talent" and "The Secret Behind the Success of Toyota" that explain why Toyota's CE system and product development system is the secret behind the company’s success. The books are only available in Japanese today.
- Amit Relia, Director Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Optimization at IntuitiveSurgical/Da Vinci Surgery – Driving Lean adoption in the age of Millennials and RobotsMore info
Today’s Lean leaders face a steep challenge in driving adoption of Lean methodologies at technology companies. A rapidly growing population of millennials already represent over 50% of the workforce and defy traditional Lean formats as the value of LSS belt certification gradually diminishes. Devoid of top-down Lean initiatives as company goals, lukewarm executive endorsement for Lean programs and technology replacing lean solutions, Lean practitioners may find themselves up against the “modern innovators”. This session will highlight modern and revitalized Lean tools and their tech-enhanced delivery palatable and exciting to a modern revolutionized world of robotics and millennials.
- Ken Pyo, Manager at Honda R&D Americas – Operational Characteristics Innovation atHonda R&D AmericasMore info
Since beginning operations more than 35 years ago, Honda R&D Americas (HRA) has steadily grown to research, design, and develop automobile, powersports, and power equipment products and technologies for global customers. To continue a trajectory of efficient business growth, HRA is expanding the application of lean principles to transform its development and business operations. Even with Honda’s tradition and notoriety for lean operations in manufacturing, further incorporating lean methods into its R&D operations offers unique challenges when applying these principles in the engineering environment. Therefore, HRA will challenge its operational characteristics with innovative methods to make lean implementation both palatable and effective. The “Operational Characteristics Innovation,” or OCI, is the initiative that HRA is taking to make this transformation.
- Brian Cohn, Lean Product Development Specialist at Danfoss Power Solutions (US) Company –Using workshops to accelerate product launch preparation More info
There is substantial documentation in the literature of the use of workshops to accelerate maturity of deliverables for the technical side of product development, in particular in the work by Ron Mascitelli. At Danfoss we have extended this to accelerate launch preparation as we refine our value proposition, set launch goals and strategy, and prepare for regional sales activities. We will review the process and work through an example in this session.
Brian Cohn is a Lean Product Development Specialist who coaches project teams to optimize their performance, and he leads continuous improvement activities to maximize organizational learning. Mr. Cohn has been working in product development for over 35 years with roles in design engineering, application engineering, project management, product management, and continuous improvement in small, medium, and large organizations.
Main Conference, Day 2: September 20, 2017
Keynote and Plenary Speakers
Day two of our main conference continues the excellent path of day 1, with following keynote and plenary speakers:
- Henry Chesbrough, Faculty Director at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business - Innovation and Innovative Disruption to Getting Business Results from Open InnovationMore info
Open Innovation has spread widely through large organizations in much of the world. There are some great success stories, and growing evidence that it works. What's needed, though, is a greater sense of the costs and limits of Open Innovation, and how to get real business results from using it. Professor Henry Chesbrough, the "father of Open Innovation" and co-founder of the Open Innovation Community, will present his latest work on innovation and innovative disruption from a forthcoming book to speak to these questions.
- Frank Hull of Fordham University and the Strategy Research Institute of Columbia University - Concurrent EngineeringMore info
Frank Hull of Fordham University and the Strategy Research Institute of Columbia University will present his work on concurrent engineering. A leading researcher in the field, Professor Hull brings his extensive expertise to bear on how you can energize the critical juncture between new idea and concrete reality.
Frank has worked with Fortune 500 firms to improve their strategies for innovation and productivity under sponsorship from the US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Commerce, Center for Innovation Management Studies, and major corporations. His work in economic development has focused on building social networks to help entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He has taught a wide variety of courses in sociology and management at the University of Mississippi, the Cass Business School (London), Arizona State University, Fordham University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland. He is the author of three books and over 50 professional articles.
Frank received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Mississippi.
- Brent Wahba, President of Strategy Science Inc. - Avoiding Speedboat Cats: A Simplified Methodology More info
Brent Wahba, President of Strategy Science Inc. and a volunteer startup mentor with SCORE will talk about Avoiding Speedboat Cats: A Simplified Methodology. This is the story of how one anonymous automotive company successfully piloted their global turnaround by combining strategic and lean thinking into a simple innovation framework. This has later been applied by dozens of startup to Fortune 500 organizations.
Brent began his innovation career 30 years ago working in R&D at General Motors and Delphi. While there, he led global systems businesses, product development organizations, operations and supply chain improvements, and an enterprise-wide combined strategic and lean transformation. For the past 10 years he has coached and consulted with startup through Fortune 50 firms and become a leader in advancing lean thinking in Sales & Marketing, Strategy, and New Product Development.
Brent is on the faculty of the Lean Enterprise Institute, and he regularly contributes leadership articles to The Lean Post. He is also the author of The Fluff Cycle, which outlines a systems problem solving approach for improving Sales & Marketing outcomes. Brent holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Rochester, plus an MS in Materials Science & Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- José Pires, Global Excellence & Innovation Leader at Andeavor Corporation - Innovation Acceleration: Ideas, Methods and PeopleMore info
In a fast changing world, how do you build a lasting culture of extraordinary innovation which creates growth and value and consistently delivers exponential leaders? The key ingredients to innovation acceleration are not what you see portrayed most often in the media. Great, enduring organizations know what it really takes to create and, most importantly, scale innovation. The session will explore how to blend disciplined innovation methods (including Lean) with elements of venture capitalism, crowdsourcing and collaborative leadership to deliver rapid and sustainable business improvements and innovations in any industry.
Andeavor is a premier refining, marketing and logistics company. José Pires oversees their identification, prioritization and execution of the mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets. Prior to his current role, he held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. He is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.
Breakout Sessions Block 1:
- Justin Chien Program Manager, Engineering Manager, Lean & Agile Program Manager/Consultant at MathWorks & Washington University in St. Louis – The world of controlled chaos - an empirical Lean approach More info
- Evelina Čirbaitė, Business System Development Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific VilniusBiosciences Center of Excellence (Lithuania) – Get more time for innovations: Lean yourLaboratory More info
What is the number one complaint from scientists? Not enough money, reagents or staff? No – there is never enough time! Let me tell you how to save some by standardizing the processes, applying 5S and organizing lean cells in the laboratories. Imagine if you could save 70% of walking during one experiment, or reduce the number of mistakes by at least a factor of two. The tools are very simple, and really based on scientific thinking. Once you change the way of thinking, you’ll never say that the lab should be in that “academic mess”. I’ll show a lot of implemented examples from our R&D and inspire you to use Lean tools that sometimes look as if they would be suitable only in manufacturing.
With three years’ experience in Protein biology laboratory as a scientist, Evelina became part of her company’s Business Excellence Specialists team in 2014. Together with a colleague she is leading the Practical Process Improvement (PPI) business system at her company’s Vilnius site. She is mainly responsible for trainings and has already conducted various Lean tools trainings for almost 1000 people. With over 1800 Kaizens (process improvement projects), more than 22 000 Gemba improvement ideas in the four last years and a solid PPI culture, the Vilnius site now has the highest Lean maturity score in the Thermo Fisher Scientific. The biggest private R&D center in the region with 100 scientists has become an example of how to successfully apply Lean principles in R&D laboratories.
- Allen Ringel, Lean & Agile Transformation Leader at Intel CorporationMore info
Learn how a large organization at Intel leverages Lean and Agile to help them achieve higher efficiency. How the organization transformed with Lean and Agile principles, highlighting the work model that was implemented, which includes Scrum and scaling. Also, touching on how they tie Agile back to Lean and create a learning organization.
Allen worked as a software engineer for many years before joining Intel in 2001. He has experience from working in various capacities, ranging from developing code & managing large software teams to applying Lean/Agile techniques in software, product development, & manufacturing. He is responsible for driving organizational and process changes that increase quality, decrease cost, and accelerate time to market across Intel's product development value streams.
How do you enable an organic Lean adaption, and create an empowering and self-driven organization? As lean practitioners, we have all been exploring better ways of doing things. Some are looking for stability while others are looking for the opposite to trigger changes in the organization. What works and what doesn't? Justin Chien will take us for a journey to uncover opportunity misses and to discover a different perspective of Lean with the empirical approach. He specifically asks attendees to arrive on time for this session – thank you!
Prior to joining MathWorks, Justin Chien had a more than 20 year rewarding career at Intel. He was an Engineering Manager leading the development of the next generation server micro-processors, and he also took on the role as the Lean/Agile Champion to coach the leaders and groups to be Lean/Agile in a constant changing environment. He had various assignments supporting both pre and post-silicon product development, tools development, and cross-site/cross-continent collaboration. Through his proven record of maximizing organization efficiency via non-traditional, empirical Lean/Agile approaches, Justin was called upon regularly by other business groups at Intel ranging from Software and Human Resources to Finance and Manufacturing. He continues his impactful contributions at MathWorks today, and constantly develops new empirical and sustainable Lean approaches. His passion is unlocking the unique strengths within the team and enabling Lean/Agile organically in the organization.
- Wayne Mackey, Principal at Product Development Consulting - Mining unstated customer value to accelerate innovationMore info
With a lean, holistic and measurable understanding of how customers experience and live their everyday lives in the context of your products and services, you can innovate beyond what customers themselves can imagine. In this session we will apply straightforward methods and simple visual tools to translate what customers say they want into their underlying needs, so that you can prioritize investments quicker and hit the market ahead of your competition with higher margin products and services. The focused question is: What has been missing in understanding customer needs?
Wayne Mackey has been a Principal with Product Development Consulting, Inc. since 1997. Prior to joining PDC, he worked in industry for 20 years in high technology fields. He is a natural change agent and leader, having counseled Fortune 500 companies, major universities (Stanford, MIT and Carnegie-Mellon) and government agencies in product and service development, supply chain management, and rapidly implementing enterprise-wide change. He has also worked as a senior scientist, program manager, engineering manager and systems engineering manager.
- Matt Albin, Lean Leader Idea to Market Team at AMWAY Corporation – Visual ManagementSystems – A foundation to transforming your product development systemMore info
The session will cover: Why implementing Visual Management Systems should be one of your early steps in improving knowledge based work (esp product and process development) and how to implement and sustain the use of visual management systemsAt the end of this session participants will be able to:
- State 5 benefits of using visual management and huddles
- Describe 3 ‘mental models’ and behaviors that sustain the use of VMS
- Explain steps to kick-off a new VMS
- Analyze common failure modes and develop strategies to address
- Explain the components of a skill development program for teams and coaches
Matt Albin has worked at Amway for 13 years in procurement, supply chain management and continuous improvement. He successfully implemented Lean practices in operations and office areas across the Americas including a 2 ½ year assignment in São Paulo, Brazil. His current focus is reducing product development cycle-time by 50% through the adoption of Lean thinking, systems and tools. His passion is to help others develop Lean thinking and behaviors to improve their work satisfaction and results. Prior to Amway Matt worked in the Chemical and Automotive industries.
- Sannah Vinding, Director of Product Development & Marketing at VCC (Visual Communications Company, LLC) - How the Turtle turned into a Rabbit - Process Improvement at VCC More info
VCC (Visual Communications Company, LLC) supports illuminated electronic components for the global markets. Sannah Vinding will present her company’s journey from loss of sales opportunity to faster customer response, and how a continuous improvement process is not a “one take” but several improvement iterations over time. For VCC it took eight iterations to greatly increase customer satisfaction by reducing the time in responding to the customers by 88% (from 14 weeks to 11 days). They now process more sales opportunities than ever (141% increase) and continue to improve.
Sannah Vinding is a creative and innovative business professional with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, product development, process excellence in electronic components, consumer electronics and medical devices. She has a passion for innovative products that can improve people’s lives.
Hands-On Workshop Sessions
In this block you follow one three hour workshop or two workshops, each of which is one and a half hours long. The three-hour workshop is:
- Justin Chien, Program Manager, Engineering Manager, Lean & Agile Program Manager/Consultant at MathWorks & Washington University in St. Louis - How to start a sustainable Lean journey with the empirical Lean approach More info
Lean has become a popular approach to improve the efficiency of an organization. There are plenty of success stories to observe across various industries. What experience makes us believe that we are actually successful from applying Lean? We will explore some critical knowledge with an empirical approach and experience different perspectives from utilizing Lean together, for you to start and/or maintain a sustainable Lean journey.
Justin Chien is principal program manager at MathWorks. Prior to joining MathWorks, Justin had a more than 20 year rewarding career at Intel. He was an Engineering Manager leading the development of the next generation server micro-processors, and he also took on the role as the Lean/Agile Champion to coach the leaders and groups to be Lean/Agile in a constant changing environment. He had various assignments supporting both pre and post-silicon product development, tools development, and cross-site/cross-continent collaboration. Through his proven record of maximizing organization efficiency via non-traditional, empirical Lean/Agile approaches, Justin was called upon regularly by other business groups at Intel ranging from Software, Human Resources, Finance, and Manufacturing. He continues his impactful contributions at MathWorks today, and constantly develops new empirical and sustainable Lean approaches. His passion is unlocking the unique strengths within the team and enabling Lean/Agile organically in the organization.
- Stefana Saxton, Innovation, Value Creation, Leadership Development at Black & Veatch & Baker University - Innovation, the art of being wrongMore info
The word ‘failure’ is littered with negative connotations. Elon Musk financed three failed Space X rocket launches. Edison designed over 2,000 light bulbs that did not work. The Wright brothers crashed dozens of planes and gliders before one took off. Dupont discovered Teflon through failed experiments and the Americas were discovered through failed circumnavigation. Some failed small, and learned. And some failed big, but survived and thrived. Organizations must embrace failure to accelerate innovation. Through mental framing, learn to create freedom from the fear of failure using adaptive analytical perspectives that encourage ideas and discovery. Keep your organization innovative and successful by creating a culture of passion, drive and ambition in the midst of failure.
- Bad, unacceptable, and good failure
- Identify success in failures
- Succeed by implementing a disciplined failure cycle
- Break free from analysis paralysis created by fear
- Change your perception of failure using mental framing
- Use a blank slate approach to accelerate innovation
- Katherine Radeka, Rapid Learning Cycles Institute - Introduction to Rapid Learning Cycles More info
"We want our product development teams to get on board with Lean, but it's been a constant struggle to get them to join us on the journey." The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is a synthesis of Agile and Lean that has been proven to help R & D organizations to get their products to market faster by eliminating the wastes of reinvention, late design changes and rework loops, and pulling the practices of Lean Product Development that deliver results that are sustainable over time. This session will cover: Why Rapid Learning Cycles get products to market faster almost every time. Why Agile software development methods are not enough for physical products and actually increase the risk that a product will be late to market. How the Rapid Learning Cycles framework cuts through resistance so that Lean mindset changes sustain themselves. It will include a short demonstration of the key aspects of the framework to give you a taste of what it's like to work with a team in this way.
Katherine Radeka has a rare combination of business acumen, scientific depth and ability to untangle the organizational knots to remove the barriers to change. Since 2005, Whittier Consulting Group, Inc. has helped some of the world's leading companies get results from Lean Product Development. In 2016, Katherine founded the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute to grow adoption of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework, a synthesis of Lean and Agile that more than 250 teams now use to get their ideas to market faster. She currently supports over 150 active users of Rapid Learning Cycles through the Rapid Learning Cycles Certified™ Professionals Community. She has worked with companies in pharma, biotech, medical device, high tech, consumer electronics, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods and for clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Katherine is the author of two books. Her first book, The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development won the Shingo Research Award in 2014. Katherine's second book is The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster. This book, now in its 2nd edition, summarizes Katherine's ground-breaking work to integrate Agile Development and Lean Product Development into the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.
- Monica Rossi, Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano - Understanding Set-Based ThinkingMore info
Rework, difficulties to retrieve previous knowledge, trial and error attitude, and unplanned design changes. Too often designers and engineers face these and similar issues in their job. Is there a way to change this?
Monica Rossi will talk about the importance of having proven (trade-off) knowledge and will stress the meaning of “sets" rather than points, and the participants will discuss how set-based thinking could be the answer. They will experience the difference between thinking in terms of points - focusing on one design solution at a time - and thinking in terms of sets and areas - understanding the design space and exploring it before committing to a design solution. The session will highlight how knowledge and learning become crucial elements to this. The participants will also be challenged with a practical exercise on how to easily understand and hopefully switch to a set-based mind-set.
Dr. Monica Rossi has been engaged in lean product and process development research since 2010. She is Assistant Professor at Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and has been a visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tokyo Metropolitan University, UTC Sorbonne and Rutgers. Monica is engaged in European Projects on lean product and process development and consults, trains and teaches. She is author of more than 60 within national and international publications, including a Shingo Prize winning book chapter “Rossi, M., Morgan, J.; Shook, J. Lean Product and Process Development. In Netland, T.H. & Powell, D. The Routledge Companion to Lean Management. Routledge, New York, 2017.”
- Janne Lundberg, Consultant at Janne Lundberg Innovation AB - Overview of an agile innovation pulse room systemMore info
The reality for many companies is that you need to act locally, but at the same time cooperate in a global environment. This is possible with an agile innovation pulse room system. Janne Lundberg will give an overview of how to build such a system which works on one site or in a multi-site environment. The key to success is to have an agile approach to project management and a clear focus on delivering innovation in an environment of high uncertainty. You will see a simple system for resource allocation as well as a system for product customer value priorities assuring that you always do the “right things right”.
Janne Lundberg is a Global Consultant and Speaker within Lean Agile Innovation. Until recently he worked as Global Lean Innovation Manager for ASSA ABLOY, one of the 100 most innovative companies in the world (Forbes). At ASSA ABLOY he introduced Lean Innovation at around 90 Innovation sites globally for six years including starting 60 Pulse Rooms, training 1500 employees and certifying 170 Lean Innovation Champions.
Janne has a big technical interest and passion for innovating profitable products for demanding users and has 25+ years of experience in his profession. During the main part of his career he has worked with global industrial and automotive customers. He has an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and has used Lean Innovation principles since 2006, first at Atlas Copco, since 2011 at ASSA ABLOY and now for other global companies. He also has a formal LPD university course at Chalmers in 2008.
Post-Conference Workshops & Excursions
We are planning excursions and workshops on Thursday September 21 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm:
- Tour 1 – Scholar lab tour Computer History Museum + Presentation by Bruce Pittman, Chief System Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center - "The NASA Ames mission and operation: Lessons for concurrent-lean principles" + Workshop at the NASA Ames research center by Sally Dominguez, Adventurous Thinking Group . Read more in this flyer
- Tour 2 – Intel museum + Intel workshop by Allen Ringel and Dean Chanter on Quick Learning Cycles