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Design for Uncertainty: Audio Session Transcript Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Transcript for the Audio Session "Design for Uncertainty," 07/12/06.

Design for Uncertainty: Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation slides for the audio session "Design for Uncertainty," 07/12/06

Co-Developing Products in Asia: Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentaion slides for the audio session "Co-Developing Products in Asia," 07/25/06

Selection Criteria for Global Projects: Presentations Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation slides for the sudio session "Selection Criteria for Global Projects," October 10, 2006.

Using External Resources to Eliminate Product Development Queues Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

By Don Reinertsen, Reinertsen and Associates Experienced product developers realize that there is a heavy price to be paid for operating a development organization at 100 percent utilization. Unless we could perfectly predict the work content of design tasks, when these tasks arrive, and the productivity of our individual development workers, such high levels of loading will cause queues in product development. Internal capacity is only one of a variety of paths to increase the capacity of the development organization. External capacity is a powerful alternative. However, using external capacity to support product development can be a little trickier than it first appears. In this commentary, Don Reinertsen discusses one of the common pitfalls of managing external capacity – the tactic known as “peak-shaving” – and how to avoid it. (3 pages)

The Portfolio Sweet Spot: Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation for the audio session "The Portfolio Sweet Spot" November 15, 2006.

Getting Started with Roadmaps: Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation slides for the presentation "Getting Started with Roadmaps," 05/17/06

Lean Project Portfolios - Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation slides for Lean Project Portfolios audio session (12/06/06).

Bringing the Value of Lean to Product Development: Presentation Locked

Research | Posted: 2007-01-04

Presentation slides for the audio session "Bringing the Value of Lean," 06/14/06

Lean Project Portfolios: Audio Session Summary Locked

Research | Posted: 2006-12-30

A presentation by Eugene Kania, Principal of mc2 Solutions Related Links: Audio | Transcript (22 pages) | Slides (66 pages)In this audio session Eugene Kania describes how to create a Lean Project Portfolio – one that is high-value, achievable and executable. Kania demonstrates methods for mapping the risks and rewards associated with projects, for prioritizing elements in a portfolio and for understanding the tradeoffs involved. Kania describes a simple tool for resource planning which helps to diminish the work-in-process in the portfolio. He also describes how to use critical chain and buffers to help execute the projects within the portfolio. Kania and his colleagues have moved beyond theory, testing these methods with a number of companies, which have enjoyed greatly increased throughput, with a decrease in cycle time; these portfolio methods also resulted in greater productivity and an improvement in job satisfaction. (12 pages)

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