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Keynote – The Practical Science of Batch Size

YOW! 2012 Sydney

Of all the ideas of Lean, batch size reduction is the most important economically. Yet, few product developers understand it. Manufacturers handle physical objects and they can easily see their batch sizes. Developers handle information and batch size is frequently invisible. In fact, 97 percent of product developers have no systematic program to reduce batch size. In this keynote Don Reinertsen will discuss why batch size reduction is such an important tool, and how you can approach it with a bit of science. He will show you why popular manufacturing ideas like one-piece flow can make little sense in product development and how to think about the economics of batch size.