Lean Product and Process Development Exchange
The Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to foster opportunities to grow and share the knowledge, expertise and experiences that help organizations use lean product development to dramatically improve product development performance.
The LPPDE conferences are organized roughly yearly in both Europe and North America. These conferences are the motor for the flow of knowledge about lean in the product development context. We explicitly call our conferences "Exchange" - because that is what we think is the best moderator for learning: listen experts, see peers, discuss, learn from best practices from others and participate in workshops, that are offered at introductory as well as advanced level. Many participants of LPPDE conferences return, because they know: whenever I visit an LPPDE conference, I am sure I will return with a high number of great ideas, excellent examples and practical tips to continue my journey on the lean path in product development.
LPPDE grows and spreads the lean product and process development knowledge base, by providing opportunities for knowledge exchange between lean product development leaders and learning experiences for product developers at all stages of their lean journeys.
The primary purpose of the LPPDE is to promote more effective conceptualization, development and delivery of products and services to the marketplace. We are primarily a knowledge-driven enterprise, focused on:
1. Creating a deeper understanding of tools and concepts associated with lean product and process development, including issues of implementation;
2. Disseminating this knowledge into the marketplace of ideas; and
3. Supporting early adopters.
We accomplish this through knowledge dissemination and exchange events, such as the annual conference, webinars, workshops and publications. We design the events to address the real (whether implicit or explicit) needs of the market. We take maximum advantage of external resources to produce events with sufficient quality that the venue does not detract from message, and ideally promotes the primary aims above.
Our target audience consists of leaders in small, medium and large organizations where product/process and service development are strategically important to the sustainability of the organization. We want to influence the thinking and behavior of organizations, and help them with wide-spread and sustained implementation.
Our secondary targets are the front-line practitioner who needs tools and practical guidance in order to apply the concepts in their daily work, and influence their leadership in the right directions; and the academic institutions who develop front-line practitioners.
Critical to our success is developing partnerships with individuals and organizations with synergistic aims and with widely acknowledged credibility in areas relevant to lean product & process development.
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