Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Toyota product development

Found interesting article from part two of Andy Wagners two part Boyd introduction at Lean Blog. Matthew May at Elegant Solutions provides two examples of Toyota creating creative tension to encourage innovation and to cut product development lead times.

He also asks important question about the burden faster cycles unleash to organization. Are they paying for faster product launches with decrease in quality and how they can overcome these problems?

Is decreased quality inevitable result of ever faster cycles? Are faster cycles worth the quality hit?

Wagners blog posts are both worth a read as he makes some comparisons with OODA and Demings PDCA and PDCA's applicability to decision making. He also makes comparison between development of F-16 and Toyotas product development. Part I, Part II.

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