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<b>The Principles of Product Development FLOW<br>with Don Reinertsen</b><br>Mar. 27-28, 2017</br>

The Principles of Product Development FLOW
with Don Reinertsen

Mar. 27-28, 2017

CHF 1,760.00 CHF 2,200.00


An intensive two-day course on practical, economically justifiable approaches for improving flow in product development.

Initial attempts to apply lean methods in product development simply copied behaviours that worked in manufacturing. This doesn’t work — development is a profoundly different domain. Eliminating all variability works in manufacturing; in product development it eliminates all innovation. Achieving Product Development Flow takes a different, science-based, approach. It relies on understanding mechanisms of action and quantifying trade-offs. It uses economics, statistics, queuing theory, and concepts from telecommunication network design.

This course covers the ideas contained in Don Reinertsen’s bestselling book, “The Principles of Product Development Flow”. It focuses on proven leverage points and specific practical methods that have helped participants achieve as much as a 90 % reduction in cycle time.

It is fundamentally different from other courses in its intense focus on quantification, economic justification, and the use of a science-based approach for applying lean.


  • Calculate and use “Cost of Delay” as the most important key figure in your development process

  • Find, monitor and control bottlenecks in the process

  • Shortening lead-time through systematically reducing batch sizes

  • Create room for innovation, by allowing variation in the process

  • and much much more...

This program is designed for managers who currently play a role in product development. It will be particularly useful to companies that are reaching the point of diminishing returns using conventional approaches to product development and lean product development. It is preferred that participants have a basic understanding of lean techniques and at least 5 years of experience in product development. Attendees should bring a calculator, since the course will involve some light calculations. The techniques covered are general methods of analysis rather than industry specific rules. Just the way physics applies to both large objects and small ones, the methods used in this course can be applied in a wide variety of industries.

For a more detailed agenda, please click this link.

1. Introduction to Lean Product Development
2. Developing an Economic Framework
3. Managing Queues
4. Understanding Variability
5. Reducing Batch Size
6. Applying WIP Constraints
7. Controlling Flow (Part I): Congestion and Cadence
8. Controlling Flow (Part II): Synchronization and Sequencing
9. Using Fast Feedback
10. Decentralizing Control
11. Finding and Reducing Waste
12. Planning Implementation and Q&A


Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 30 years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 15 years. He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development, and his thinking has quietly influenced many of the leading edge thinkers on agile software development. He is particularly known for his focus on economics and on the science behind lean and agile methods. His latest award winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”


After finishing his masters degree in Computer Science at Aarhus University in Denmark 1996, Klaus (CSM, CSPO, CSP) worked as software & product developer, architect, project manager, entrepreneur, trainer and coach for companies in Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and Australia.

Ever since he learnt about rapid prototyping back in 1991, he has been a strong advocate of iterative processes that deliver fast an early feedback. Klaus’ passion is Scrum. Klaus has helped major companies from the banking, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, and manufacturing industry in becoming more agile.

Klaus is co-training every time we have a bigger group. We want to ensure that every attendee gets a high level of attention and quality.

Language: English
Address: Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel, Turbinenstrasse 20, 8005 Zurich
Date: March 27-28, 2017
Duration: 2 days. All days 9:00 to 17:00
Price: 2’200 CHF incl. VAT and meals

We do not provide any refunds. What happens in case you cannot attend the course?
1) You are welcome to pass on the place to a colleague or
2) You are welcome to attend a later course in our course calendar.
Further, once a registration has been made and the confirmation email has been sent out, the price is set and can not be changed or adjusted.

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