For the past five years, we have been working with clients to integrate the best ideas from Agile Development, Innovation Management and Lean Product Development into a repeatable process to help you get your best ideas to market faster.
The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework brings clarity and focus to the "fuzzy front end" of innovation, without sacrificing creative freedom. It is the only method for product development I have ever seen that has the potential to get products to market earlier than expected, rather than late. It's the only one that pushes decisions backwards and pulls learning forward so that teams have the input they need to develop more innovative solutions.
The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster describes why this framework helps innovators bring their products to life faster than any other approach by striking the right balance between disciplined execution and freedom to innovate.
This article, first published in PDMA's Visions Magazine in 2007, provides a good overview of lean product development: what it is, where it came from, and how to use it effectively.
You can also visit the Lean Product Development Resource Center to see more than 150 articles, examples, templates, and other resources about lean product development.
We empower product developers to get their ideas to market faster.
We do that by shortening time-to-market, increasing R & D capacity, lowering costs throughout the product lifecycle and getting all of the stakeholders in product development to work more effectively together.
We help you maximize value and eliminate waste in your product development process to get your ideas to market faster, and we help you untangle the organizational knots that get in the way.
We use lean product development principles and practices to do that - recognizing that your company is not Toyota. We adapt lean thinking to meet your specific challenges and to maximize value for your particular product development programs.
Our clients say that we are:
Read the August 2011 article from Target Magazine:
You can also listen to Brett Barrick, Director of Product Development describe how Playworld achieved these results.
Katherine assisted us successfully in selecting and customizing basic lean tools to match our specific needs in the implementation of the company lean product & process development system.
What we liked about Katherine is that she first tried to understand what our needs are in terms of... transforming the system into more lean and more effective product development.
Katherine has helped us develop key examples of lean success which demonstrate our commitment and has supported us to the point where we are able to sustain the momentum ourselves.
Katherine's experience as a product development manager, insightful teacher and LPD expert is unique and rare in the Western Hemisphere.
She had experience in the practicalities of product development, was able to translate it into a form that was meaningful...and laid the foundation for our continued development.
We call our approach LPD Plus because we draw upon our deep experience with lean, product development and transformational leadership to meet our clients' specific needs.learn more →
Most of our client engagements begin with an Initial Consultation to give you an independent, expert analysis of your organization's current needs to improve product development performance.learn more →
When you are ready to go big, we leverage our large library of materials and experiences to develop customized training to help you accelerate your lean product development transformation.learn more →
Our web courses, master classes, self-study courses and products give you economical ways to explore the principles and practices of lean product development in your own office.learn more →