Chapter 5

Companies That Have Successfully Streamlined and Innovated Their Product Development

This chapter looks at different cases involving Lean innovation projects. In the two Sacmi case studies, new products were designed from scratch facing an important change management activity due to the complete implementation of Lean product and process development principles, for the first time in the company’s life. The Laika case study examines the innovative path taken by a company in the face of a drastic reduction in its traditional markets. The Continental case deals with the development of a new and innovative production technology using various strategies such as the standardization of testing activities and Set-Based Concurrent Engineering. ...

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