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The Lean Product Development Revolution


Summary of an Audio Session by Don Reinertsen, Reinertsen and Associates
Don Reinertsen is principal of Reinertsen and Associates, which offers consulting services and training on the subject of rapid product development. He has authored the book Developing Products in Half the Time (with Preston Smith) and Managing the Design Factory. In this audio session, Reinertsen outlined some of the basic principles of lean product development and how it differs from lean manufacturing. He first defines three schools of lean and points out two major misconceptions about lean product development. He then discusses core lean principles such as queue management; calculating the cost of delay; batch size reduction; and work-in-process constraints. Reinertsen completes the session by drawing a contrast between traditional and lean product development and outlining four steps for moving toward a lean process.
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