Creativity breaks loose from constraints with additive manufacturing

New additive manufacturing technologies – let’s take 3D printing as symbol for them – are freeing designers from constraints that came with traditional manufacturing and the assembly methods. Additive manufacturing means adding layer of material after layer instead of cutting out material from a bigger raw chunk, allowing the design of complex and odd shapes … Continue reading Creativity breaks loose from constraints with additive manufacturing

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What is a Goal Tree?

A Goal Tree, sometimes still referred to as Intermediate Objective Map or IO Map, is primarily a Logical Thinking Process tool, itself linked to the Theory of Constraints. The top of the tree deals with strategic planning while going down to its bottom links strategy to operations. The very top of the tree holds the Goal, … Continue reading What is a Goal Tree?

How lean can help shaping the future ? Lean engineering

Before searching about new high-tech disruptive innovation* let us reflect how lean thinking and lean tools were used so far. *read my 'Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage' post Every time an organization was exposed to lean concepts, those were used to improve the actual situation, resulting from decisions, practices and behaviors prior to … Continue reading How lean can help shaping the future ? Lean engineering

How disruptive 3D printing can be

In the early days of 2014 there is none without announcement of new amazing possibilities offered by 3D printing. The new additive manufacturing techniques - adding material layer by layer - are accessible to a growing number of players to ever lower costs and with increasingly diverse materials. The new possibilities are both exciting and … Continue reading How disruptive 3D printing can be

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Zero-based budgeting is a (old) budgeting method in which the building of the budget starts from a blank page or "zero base". ZBB is not the usual variant of previous period budget with corrections but a totally new one starting from scratch. The idea behind ZBB is to build a budget that fits the purpose … Continue reading Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Three major challenges in early design and engineering stages

While manufacturing and operations have long been under close watch of improvement champions and beneficiary of transformation programs, design and engineering are relatively new to this kind of introspection. Lean in Design and Engineering can improve a lot and support the three major challenges every company is facing: design and embed future performance win the … Continue reading Three major challenges in early design and engineering stages