28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK


Second Generation Lean Product Development: Applying the Principles of Flow

26 & 27 September 2016 9:00 - 17:00

Two day workshop with Don Reinertsen


Lean methods have been used for over 50 years in production processes, producing huge economic benefits. They are based on many principles that are transferable to product development. In fact, these methods are the only practical way to simultaneously achieve large improvements in the speed, quality, and cost of product development.

However, using lean methods in product development requires some insight. Certain methods that work in Lean Manufacturing are toxic in a product development environment. For example, if we try to eliminate all variability we will, as an unfortunate side effect, eliminate all innovation.


This workshop will introduce you to the science and some of the practical methods of Lean Product Development. It draws upon ideas from a variety of domains including queueing theory, telecommunication network design, computer operating systems, and lean manufacturing.

It is intended to provide a solid exposure to some of the most important ideas of second generation lean product development.

Specific takeaways

  • Developing an Economic Framework: How to quantify the financial impact of improvements in cycle time, cost, and quality.
  • Managing Queues: How to control the invisible and unmanaged queues that hurt cycle time, efficiency, and quality.
  • Understanding Variability: How to reduce the economic damage done by variability while keeping the benefits of innovation.
  • Reducing Batch Size: Using batch size reduction as tool to reduce queues and improve feedback.
  • Applying WIP Constraints: How WIP constraints and other WIP control strategies improve cycle time, efficiency and quality.
  • Controlling Flow: Using cadence, synchronization, and work sequencing to improve flow.
  • Using Fast Feedback: How to design feedback and control systems that make a difference.
  • Decentralizing Control: Balancing the advantages of centralized and decentralized control.

About Don Reinertsen

Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 30 years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 14 years.

He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development. His latest awarding winning book, 'The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development', has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”


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