Whoever favors lean management principles, will naturally also focus on faster, leaner development phases. This can occur primarily by reducing waste and saving resources at an early stage, as well as by changing employee working schedules. A typical example is with highly trained engineers, who are often overburdened with too many different tasks (multi-tasking). But with lean principles such as improved processes and value flow enhancements — a greater development capacity can be achieved with the same number of employees. In addition to reducing waste with improved work schedules, additional enhancements in the product development are also possible (e. g. with Critical Chain Project Management, CCPM or by using Scrum principles). In this way, lean development practices can raise a company’s flexibility to better deal with customer demands or product changes even in the latter stages of the development cycle.
Also, using lean approaches, development times for simpler projects can be cut – while for more complex projects final deadlines can be fulfilled far more easily, as Ingenics has repeatedly demonstrated.
In addition, other Ingenics product or project modules have also had a positive effect on product development, such as Competitive engineering, Design-to-Cost and intelligent facility planning.