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Lean Product And Process Development Exchange

The Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to foster opportunities to grow and share the knowledge, expertise and experiences that help organizations use lean product development to dramatically improve product development performance.

The LPPDE conferences are organized roughly yearly in both Europe and North America. These conferences are the motor for the flow of knowledge about lean in the product development context. We explicitly call our conferences “Exchange” – because that is what we think is the best moderator for learning: listen, experts, see peers, discuss, learn from best practices from others and participate in workshops, that are offered at introductory as well as advanced level.

 Many participants of LPPDE conferences return because they know: whenever I visit an LPPDE conference, I am sure I will return with a high number of great ideas, excellent examples, and practical tips to continue my journey on the lean path in product development.

Value Statement

LPPDE grows and spreads the lean product and process development knowledge base, by providing opportunities for knowledge exchange between lean product development leaders and learning experiences for product developers at all stages of their lean journeys.

Strategy Statement

The primary purpose of the LPPDE is to promote more effective conceptualization, development and delivery of products and services to the marketplace. We are primarily a knowledge-driven enterprise, focused on:

1. Creating a deeper understanding of tools and concepts associated with lean product and process development, including issues of implementation;
2. Disseminating this knowledge into the marketplace of ideas; and
3. Supporting early adopters.

We accomplish this through knowledge dissemination and exchange events, such as the annual conference, webinars, workshops and publications. We design the events to address the real (whether implicit or explicit) needs of the market. We take maximum advantage of external resources to produce events with sufficient quality that the venue does not detract from message, and ideally promotes the primary aims above.

Our target audience consists of leaders in small, medium and large organizations where product/process and service development are strategically important to the sustainability of the organization. We want to influence the thinking and behavior of organizations, and help them with wide-spread and sustained implementation.

Our secondary targets are the front-line practitioner who needs tools and practical guidance in order to apply the concepts in their daily work, and influence their leadership in the right directions; and the academic institutions who develop front-line practitioners.

Critical to our success is developing partnerships with individuals and organizations with synergistic aims and with widely acknowledged credibility in areas relevant to lean product & process development.

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Board Members

LPPDE Board Members are selected from the group of corporate, acadamic and consultancy experts on the area of Lean in Product Development and Innovation.
All board members have a proven track record in the are of lean product development and had significant contributions to the LPPDE already.
Board members are selected for a period of 3 years.

Sannah Vinding

Sannah Vinding

Chairman & Web Admin

Director of Product Development & Marketing

Durward Sobek

Durward Sobek

Board Secretary

Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at Montana State University

Dantar Oosterwal

Dantar Oosterwal

Treasure & Co-Chair of LPPDE Europe 2020 & Co-Chair of LPPDE North America 2021

Vice President of Engineering, Lean Product Development Champion & Co-Funder at Develop Lean

Geoff Neiley

Geoff Neiley

Chair of LPPDE North America 2021

Sr. Manager Mechanical Engineering at Rapiscan American Science & Engineering, Inc

Carolyn Hutchinson Carter

Carolyn Hutchinson Carter

Principal Consultant at Carolyn Carter Consulting

Matt Albin

Matt Albin

Customer Solutions Coach, Lean Leader at Spark Performance Solutions

Christer Lundh

Christer Lundh

Founder and President of AUFERO. Help Leaders Succeed with Agile & Lean Product Development

Norbert Majerus

Norbert Majerus

Co-Chair of LPPDE Europe 2020

Goodyear, Lean Champion and Book Author

Arnoud Herremans

Arnoud Herremans

Owner, trainer, consultant, innovation excellence at Y47 Consultancy

Thank you to our retiring board members

We thank the following three outstanding volunteers for their service to our Board of Directors. Each recently completed their term.

A tremendous thank you for the gift of your time, talents, insights, and unique expertise within the lean community. You have all played instrumental roles in guiding our mission and leaves a great legacy for us to continue.

Bob Melvin

Bob Melvin

Vice President of Engineering at Teledyne Marine Systems.

2016-2020

Suzanne van Egmond

Suzanne van Egmond

Managing front-end projects at Philips

2014-2020

Göran Gustafsson

Göran Gustafsson

Senior Lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology.

2014-2020

Lifetime Achievement Award

The LPPDE Achievement Award is a special LPPDE Award that is awarded by Lean Product and Process Development Exchange to “lean practitioners who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the lean community.

Michael Kennedy

Co Founder & CEO, Targeted Convergence Corporation

Michael Kennedy was awarded the LPPDE Achievement Award in 2019

 

 

Peter Palmér

Senior Manager R&D Way Office, Scania

Pater Palmér was awarded the LPPDE Achievement Award in 2019

 

 

Past Board Members

Board Members, Thank You for Your Service

Peter Palmer

Peter Palmer

2016-2019

Terry Barnhart

Terry Barnhart

2012-2019

Tony Wilcox

Tony Wilcox

2016-2018

Flemming Moss

Flemming Moss

2014-2016

Bella Englebach

Bella Englebach

2012-2018

Ron Marsiglio

Ron Marsiglio

2012-2018

Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan

2013-2016

Jorrit Degroot

Jorrit Degroot

2012-2016

Tim Schipper

Tim Schipper

2012-2015

Rich Gildersleeve

Rich Gildersleeve

2008-2014

Kathrine Radeka

Kathrine Radeka

2008-2014

Founder of LPPDE

Durward K Sobek

Durward K Sobek

2008-2014

Founder of LPPDE

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

2008-2013

Jim Huntzinger

Jim Huntzinger

2008-2015

Tricia Sutton

Tricia Sutton

Founder of LPPDE

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