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In-Depth Consulting Services and Training

Our consulting and facilitation services support the full spectrum of Lean Product Development implementation, from initial training and planning of an improvement initiative, through to successful deployment and sustaining support. In addition to workshop training and customized consulting services, we also offer an opportunity for your development teams to apply LPD methods to a real product opportunity through facilitated "learn-and-do" events. In these deep-dive events, an actual product under development is used to provide real inputs to the event, and high-value outputs are created that the design team can use to move their project forward. Along the way, all participants (including any "observers" you wish to include) will see the powerful methods of LPD at work, and have the opportunity to customize the methods to your firm's specific culture, products, and markets.

Our standard suite of LPD Events include:

  • Lean Product Development Visioning Event
  • Market Requirements Event
  • Visual / Collaborative Project Planning Event
  • Risk Mitigation Event
  • Rapid Learning Cycle Event
  • Product / Technology Roadmapping Event


Lean Product Development Visioning Event Diagram

Lean Product Development Visioning Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: Two to three days.

Recommended Attendees: Mid- to High-level managers from all development related functions, team leaders, improvement champions, other key stakeholders.

Key Goals: Awareness and understanding of best-in-class LPD tools and methods, a "vision" of your firm's optimal future state, and a practical and prioritized implementation plan to achieve your vision.

The LPD Visioning Event provides an excellent starting point for your product development improvement initiative. In this event, a comprehensive set of topics, spanning the full spectrum of new product development, are discussed. Each topic discussion begins with an overview of the Lean Product Development "best-in-class" approach, followed by an interactive gap analysis that compares your current approach to this new way of doing things. Throughout the event, these comparisons are integrated into a "vision" of an optimal future state for your firm. Methods that are currently working well for you are merged with new LPD methods where significant improvement opportunity exists to form a hybrid process that will enable dramatic improvements to innovation, speed, quality and profitability. The final output of the event is a practical and achievable plan for moving your organization from its current state to the optimal future state your team envisions.



Market Requirements Event Diagram

Market Requirements Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: One to two days.

Recommended Attendees: Project stakeholders, project manager / team leader, cross-functional team with emphasis on participation by marketing, sales, and product management.

Key Goals: Optimized market positioning for new product, prioritized list of key differentiators, and a prioritized list of engineering design requirements (scope of work) for development project.

The most critical factor in the success of any new product development project is developing an optimal set of product design requirements. The goal of the Market Requirements Event is to transform the voice of the customer (i.e. primary market data) into a prioritized set of design requirements through a collaborative and systematic process. A powerful set of linked tools enables your cross-functional team to understand the customer's spoken and unspoken needs, identify key differentiators, and translate those ranked benefits into measurable requirements. All functions are involved from the start, have a voice in developing requirements, and leave the event with a clear understanding of not only the "what" but also the "why" of their design project.



Visual / Collaborative Project Planning Event Diagram

Visual/Collaborative Project Planning Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: One to two days.

Recommended Attendees: Project manager / team leader, cross-functional team, managers of key functions supporting project.

Key Outputs: Optimized project master schedule, resource plan, and project roles and responsibilities.

The Visual / Collaborative Project Planning Event enables an entire cross-functional development team to participate in the planning of their project. Rather than a project schedule being developed by the project manager / team leader and delivered to the team with minimal involvement and feedback, this event encourages discussion, builds understanding, enables collaborative optimization, and ensures buy-in by all team members. A unique, step-by-step visual approach is used to allow team members to actively participate in the building of a prototype schedule. The prototype project plan, including resource loading assumptions, roles and responsibilities, deliverables, and dependencies, is then optimized as a group activity. Once complete, the plan is formatted to be immediately transferable to electronic form for ongoing use during project execution. The result of this event is a more realistic and achievable plan - truly a roadmap to success for the development team.

Risk Mitigation Event Diagram

Risk Mitigation Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: Half-day to one day.

Recommended Attendees: Project manager / team leader, cross-functional team, managers of key development functions.

Key Outputs: Comprehensive risk register for project, prioritized based on severity and probability of risks. Risk mitigation strategies for highest ranking risks. Risk "burn-down" chart for project.

Successful mitigation of project risks represents the difference between success and failure for many product development projects. The Risk Mitigation Event provides a systematic and efficient methodology for identifying significant project risks, ranking those risks, and establishing a proactive plan for mitigation of the highest ranking threats to the project. Risk identification is performed spanning four categories: market / customer risk, technical risk, schedule risk, and cost / quality risk. Considering this broad spectrum of potential threats ensures that any risk to the business case for the new product is identified, ranked, and mitigated. The key outputs of the event include an initial risk register for the project, strategies for mitigation of high-ranking risks, and a unique "risk burn-down tool" that provides a visual indication of the overall risk level of a project as execution proceeds.
Rapid Learning Cycle Event Diagram

Rapid Learning Cycle Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: Half-day to one day.

Recommended Attendees: Project manager / team leader, cross-functional team, managers of key development functions.

Key Outputs: First event: Learning plan for closing of critical knowledge gap(s) on development project. Subsequent events: Integration of learning from previous cycles, revised learning plan, updated A3 problem-solving template(s). Projected time to close knowledge gap(s).

The most challenging form of product development risk is the "knowledge gap" - a situation where an organization does not possess critical knowledge required to deliver the desired product requirements. This is often referred to as the challenge of "inventing on schedule" and can result in long and unpredictable project timelines and substantial cost growth. The solution is a systematic and highly efficient cross-functional learning process known as "rapid cycles of learning". In the Rapid Learning Cycle Event, a real-world knowledge gap is used as an example to demonstrate how to: 1) Clearly define a problem statement, 2) Collaboratively determine the most efficient order of learning, 3) Build a plan for one or more cycles of learning, 4) Create an A3 Problem-solving template for the knowledge gap, apply set-based design principles, and establish the specific experiments and analysis required to close the gap in the shortest possible time.


Product / Technology Roadmapping Event Diagram

Product/Technology Roadmapping Event

Facilitated by Ron Mascitelli, PMP

Typical Duration: Two to three days.

Recommended Attendees: Mid- to High-level managers from all development related functions, team leaders, improvement champions, other key stakeholders.

Key Outputs: Three-to-five year forward-looking roadmap that integrates projected market needs, product development plan, and technology development plan into a single, visual strategy for your firm.

Efficiency and effectiveness in new product development begin with a carefully conceived and clearly communicated product strategy. By far the best method for visualizing such a strategy is the Product / Technology Roadmap. In the Product / Technology Roadmapping Event, an integrated, visual representation of your product strategy is developed - a three-to-five year forward-looking plan for meeting forecast market needs. At the top level of the roadmap, projected market opportunities are identified for both existing products (and variations thereof) as well as new and evolving market positions that no current product can address. The second tier of the roadmap defines the product-line extensions, derivative products, and new platforms that will be required to meet the market opportunities identified above. Finally, a technology roadmap is created to link new enabling technologies to the product and market strategies displayed in the first two tiers. All three sections of the roadmap are linked by time dependency, and presented in a clear, Gantt-chart format that can serve as a powerful tool for alignment of an organization around a common plan for product development success.