Business Management / Lean Methods & Implementation / Product Development
The ability to nd and remove barriers between peo ple and their systems
in R&D can almost guarantee a doubling in performance, and often
delivers multiples of that. R&D teams that have smooth handoffs deliver
100 percent of the required knowledge at those handoffs. As a result,
such teams do not lose critical information, have unexpected knowledge
gaps appear in their projects, or have uncoordi nated knowledge transfers
that waste minutes, days, and even months every year.
Creating a Lean R&D System: Lean Principles and Approaches
for Pharmaceutical and Research-Based Organizations lays out
the logic of why Lean implementation isn’t strictly for manufacturing
and describes why it can be just as effective in R&D organizations.
Terence Barnhart, former senior director of continuous improvement
at Pzer R&D, describes the theoretical and physical underpinnings of
creating a Lean transformation in any R&D organization, as exemplied
by the Lean transformation initiated within the R&D division of a global
pharmaceutical company.
Describing how to merge Lean principles with the cultural virtues
inherent in R&D, the book presents Lean approaches that can be easily
applied in pharmaceutical and research-based organizations. It takes a
strategic approach to solving two problems unique to the Lean eld. The
rst is in noting the key distinctions between R&D and manufacturing,
and developing a Lean approach specic to the R&D environment. The
second is that it proposes a systematic middle-out (merger/maneuver)
strategy to help you initiate and sustain a Lean culture within your
pharmaceutical R&D organization that will help you immediately engage
all stakeholders involved.
Creating a Lean R&D System
Lean Principles and Approaches for Pharmaceutical
and Research-Based Organizations
Terence M. Barnhart
Creating a
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ISBN: 978-1-4398-0078-2
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