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MIT Lean Product Development Survey


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Now to the main topic:

I got an email from the Lean Advancement Initiative about a survey they are conducting about Lean in product development. They said I could share the survey link here for those who are interested:

From their survey description:

I would like to draw your attention to an ongoing international research study, “Efficient Introduction of Lean in Product Development.” The study is part of a collaboration between the Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Institute for Manufacturing and Operations Research (IFU) of the Technical University of Braunschweig.

The goal of the survey is to investigate how lean principles can be implemented in product development systems to maximize the probability of implementation success and develop a lean product innovation process.

Each person participating in the study by 15 March will receive a written report by July 2009 outlining the results and giving insights derived from analysis of the survey data on how to implement lean product development most efficiently.

Completing the online survey will require 20 to 30 minutes. We would appreciate if you could participate in the study or help to distribute this information to other persons in your company working in the field of product development.

Of course, all the information collected in the survey is treated as highly confidential and individual participants will not be identified.

I hope you'll consider supporting this MIT initiative.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. rearden215 says

    Mark, I have a really difficult time in applying the serial nature of lean thinking to the omni-directional and time independent backdrop of innovation.

  2. Pandharinath says

    Hi Mark
    I am also doing same reserch on lean implimatation in automobile product developmet. can you share the research quationary.
    thanking you

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