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In the article “Unlearning What Toyota Taught Us,”1 author John McElroy lauds Tesla’s success with electric vehicles and wonders where Toyota has been. He specifically quotes the book The Toyota Product Development System2 when describing the Toyota product development standard, which he contrasts with the process used by Tesla: much more rapid improvements, no spec freeze, changes after the launch, etc. McElroy also remarks how forgiving Tesla customers are with small quality problems.
3D solid modeling. Integrated product simulation. Digital twins. Multi-disciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MDAO). Computerized tools for product design and development are proliferating and advancing in capabilities at an ever-increasing pace. The capabilities of today’s software tools are far advanced from what they were just a couple of years ago becoming more and more realistic, accurate, and speedy with better UX, connectivity, and integration.
We are breaking this blog into parts, the first will focus on defining what we believe would further VM and where we believe most VM implementations stop. The following blog(s) will discuss recommended requirements for taking VM further. In all cases, we will hopefully trigger a dialogue with our fellow practitioners on what is realistic and feasible.
Measure twice, cut once. It is this adage that can help us learn through the development process towards maximizing the value delivered with a product or service. However, when our efforts do not turn out the way we expect we have the opportunity to develop the skills and methods to effectively work more methodically and efficiently.
A few years ago, at LPPDE NA, I sat at a discussion table with Jim Morgan. The subject at this table was the Chief Engineering role in an organization. He shared that as a chief engineer at Ford he wanted to build “Towering Technical Competency” in the engineering...
The 24th LPPDE conference took place after two years without in-person summits due to the Pandemic. It unleashed a lot of knowledge exchanges and energy and practices to bring home to try.