Whether it’s a new product or service, development is one of the most important activities your organization can do.

Not only do you have the chance to create differentiating innovation, but you’ll also have a major impact on the company’s competitive position for years to come. You are literally designing the future.

In this in-depth workshop taught live and online by experienced coaches, you’ll learn a proven and holistic development framework that aligns the entire enterprise to accelerate time to market, reduce design rework, reduce development team frustration, and deliver what the customer wants and needs in a new product or service.

Stop Struggling

Decisions made during development determine future costs, margins, sales, market share, performance quality, brand reputation, employee morale -- in short, the company’s overall success for years to come.

But most companies struggle to do development well. Products and services don’t live up to customer expectations. Projects go over budget due to late (and costly) changes. Value stream stakeholders aren’t effectively integrated into the development process. Projects take too long or create difficulties at launch.

Stop struggling. In Designing the Future: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience, experienced coaches will introduce you to the powerful framework of Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) to create the foundation for a robust innovation system.

Learning Objectives

LPPD is not an adaptation of lean manufacturing to development. It’s a unique set of principles using proven methods and tools -- such as observation for customer value, concept paper, obeya management, and rapid learning -- that have proven effective in development environments. LPPD is a systems approach that includes people, processes, and tools that starts with understanding the customer.

The LPPD framework works because it aligns the enterprise across functional silos including key suppliers to consistently create and deliver exceptional new products and services over and over again – now and into the future.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the LPPD guiding principles by applying them in a simulated product development process.

  • Align the organization on what the product must be for both the customer and the business.

  • Manage development work visually in an obeya room for effective and timely collaboration.

  • Apply methods for understanding the customer’s experience and needs so you and your team can create products or services that they will love.

  • Understand how LPPD processes and tools enable people to achieve their full potential.

  • Create a plan to improve your development system.

  • Position yourself for further success by acquiring new skills and practical insights from expert coaches, case studies of different industries, and the perspectives of fellow attendees.

What’s Included

With minimal time spent on theory, the workshop emphasizes learning how to apply LPPD through a simulated development project with a cross-functional team under the guidance of two LPPD thought leaders. They’ll help you plan how to implement what you learned back at work.

You and your team will receive 12.5 hours of in-depth instruction, conveniently broken up into five two and a half hour sessions over a week,

All classes run 11:00 am to 1:30 pm EDT

  • Monday, November 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • Friday, November 12, 2021

Who Should Attend

  • Practitioners who develop products or services across all industries.
  • Since LPPD is an enterprise activity, managers, leaders, and continuous improvement agents in an organization are encouraged to attend.


Katrina Appell, PhD

Katrina has over 15 years of coaching, facilitating, training, and team development experience. She is passionate about supporting organizations in improvement and transformation. Katrina has coached many organizations in lean product and process development including Whirlpool, TechnipFMC, US Synthetic, Pole/Zero, Cummins, and Caterpillar.

John Drogosz, PhD

John has over 20 years of lean manufacturing, product development, and -shop-floor experience. As a vice president at Liker Lean Advisors, he has led lean transformations in numerous companies and industries including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, Areva, Peugeot-Citroen, Tenneco, Eaton, Hertz, Schlumberger, Harley-Davidson, Embraer, and Caterpillar.

Pricing options

Register two or more from the same company and save. Each user must register individually using the link below.

Technology Used

  • Communication Channel: We host all our documents and assignments on a browser-based platform. To view all course materials, get announcements, and access zoom links, log onto the e-learning website. We recommend using the latest version of theGoogle Chrome browser when accessing the e-learning website.
  • ZoomWe will host our live meetings on zoom. You will receive an invitation with the meeting link. 

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your registration for online/live-streaming workshops two weeks before the course’s start date for a full refund. A cancellation occurring within two weeks of the workshop dates will be subject to a $350 fee. Once you have attended a workshop session, you cannot cancel your registration. To cancel, please call LEI at (617) 871-2900 or email registrar@lean.org.

Bring Our Practical, How-to Training to Your Company

LEI will teach this or any of our workshops at your company. We’ll even build a customized program to build the capabilities of your team.

Whether you need coaching to develop organizational leadership effectiveness, frontline management proficiency, work team or business-unit process improvement capability, or a plan for an organization-wide transformation, LEI will tailor a program to meet your specific needs.

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