Lean Product Development


Lean Product Development is a set of principles for achieving quality, speed & customer alignment

Mary & Tom Poppendieck adapted the principles from Lean Manufacturing:

  1. Eliminate Waste
  2. Build Quality In
  3. Create Knowledge
  4. Defer Commitment
  5. Deliver Fast
  6. Respect People
  7. Optimize the Whole

In a nutshell, Lean says to relentlessly eliminate anything that isn’t adding Business value and only work on what we absolutely need to be doing at this moment in time.

Eliminating waste means eliminating useless meetings, tasks and documentation. But it also means eliminating time spent building what “we know” we’ll need in the future (things are constantly changing so we often end up not needing them – or if we do, we have to rework them because conditions and our understanding has changed by then)

Lean Product Development and Agile are complementary concepts that both strive to deliver more value, more efficiently to the customer.

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