Front-End Activities in Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development: A Case Study
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Innovation and New Product Development is the foundation for driving a business forward, this is therefore recognized as being a crucial part of the business. The first part of a project, also referred to as the Front-End phase, seems to improve the most overall conditions for a project. The Front-End phase is the part of the project when cost of change is low and the level of impact of activities is higher, thus it is of foremost importance for a business to control this stage of development in order to be cost efficient and innovative. In order to evaluate if a project reached success, customer value, time to market and cost efficiency of the project has become important measurements in new product development. The methods of Lean Product Development and Design for Six Sigma are two common approaches to develop new products in a cost-, time- and customer- efficient way. These methods has lately increased in popularity since companies has discovered the potential of these methods. Project management is in need of flexibility due to every project is unique. Every project has different visions, goals and outcomes. Hence it is important to build in flexibility within project management, in order to handle all varieties of projects with the same project management. This thesis is exploring how companies within their own project management can organize activities for Lean Product Development and Design for Six Sigma. It aims to give a new insight to how the two theories of Lean Product Development and Design for Six Sigma can be handled within the Front-End phase in order to improve the success of projects. This includes handling customer needs in a structural way, assessment by analysis and activities to drive the project forward. The empirical studies are conducted at Semcon, a technical consultant firm in Gothenburg. The findings clearly show that different project needs different approaches. There is a great challenge to present one type of project management approach that includes activities and tools for every type of projects. Developers of a current project management method, XLPM, were satisfied with what the current model had. However when project managers where interviewed, it was another story being told. They wanted the method to be more adaptive to the operative activities, something more useful and concrete. This led to the need to construct a flexible solution in the Front-End phase for the case study company.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 100 p.
Teknik, Front-End, Design for Six Sigma, Lean product Development, XLPM
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-50114Local ID: 765f2f9e-6b3d-4fb0-8e44-0c100aa28268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-50114DiVA: diva2:1023471
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20141210 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved