Lean Product Design Workshop (LPDW4)

For decades, companies have employed the Lean methodology to reduce waste and inefficiencies in their production or service-based processes. But this continuous improvement approach has the power to streamline another business facet: product development.

This course demonstrates how applying Lean elements to product design decreases cycle time, from concept to market delivery, while controlling costs.

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Topics include:

  • Point-based design vs. set-based design
  • The application of rapid learning cycles
  • Creating and utilizing tradeoff curves
  • The five core Lean principles

Participants are immersed in a competition that involves constructing a simple airplane structure with Legos, first simulating the traditional approach to product development before simulating the Lean approach, known as set-based concurrent engineering. "Fun money" is used to highlight the impact of miscalculating.

Hours: 4

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the challenges of meeting customer and design requirements
  • Incorporate set-based concurrent engineering into current product or process design practices

Intended Audience

Professionals involved in the design of manufactured products; managers (engineers, project leaders, designers, sales and marketing staff, and anyone interested in improving their development process so that minimal changes are implemented after product launch)



Course Schedule

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

December 11, 2019

UB Baird Research Park

Instructor Bio: Akshay Sivadas

As UB TCIE’s project engineer, Akshay Sivadas provides audits of, training in, and implementation of international Quality Management System (QMS) standards. He combines process-based QMS development and Lean thinking to improve process effectiveness and enterprise profitability. His experience includes developing technical curriculum and workshops, and providing engineering expertise to manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and robotics industries.


Another session may be scheduled if there is enough demand. Contact Gary Simon at ggsimon@buffalo.edu if interested.