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Boston Scientific Corporation: Successful Lean Product Development Boosts Efficiency


In this report, Philip J. Ebeling, Director of Program Management, Lean Product Development at Boston Scientific Corporation’s Maple Grove, Minnesota facility describes his company’s successful Lean product development implementation. Boston Scientific turned to Lean to help reduce product development investment, while still managing risk and market requirements. According to Ebeling, Boston Scientific adopted a custom approach to Lean, using a hybrid of Toyota’s product development system and abstract ideas from the Lean literature, integrated with best practices in product development. Boston Scientific chose three Lean tools and focused its energies on learning and applying this small set in order to achieve quick wins. Having proved the case for Lean, the company achieved marked success applying its principles to team performance. As Lean has spread to other projects, Boston Scientific has enjoyed improvements across the dimensions of cost, schedule and performance.
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