Chapter 4

Tools for a Lean and Innovative Company

We have emphasized that tools alone do not make great product or process development. Tools do not innovate. Yet tools can be a key enabler. When we think of engineering tools, we often think of sophisticated computer technology for visualization and analysis like solid modeling, rapid prototyping, virtual caves to view the product in 3D, product life cycle management, and the list goes on. These are all remarkable tools, but ultimately they only become remarkable through the creative minds of people. Since computer tools are richly described in many outlets, in this section of the book, we will intentionally focus on simpler tools aimed at enhancing creativity and teamwork; pragmatic tools, which ...

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