Building Better Battleships: the US Navy’s Lean Design Process

Customers weren’t satisfied! The process took too long! And the end product was bug-ridden and didn’t perform to specifications. Does this sound familiar?

The US Navy’s ship design process had all the common problems we see in product development today. Come learn how these problems were solved in a real-world, large batch system over 100 years ago through minor changes in organizational structure and process design.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Talk with the following high level outline:

  • The problem in today's terms
  • The Navy's specific pain points
  • Agitators and key stakeholders 
  • An Agile/Lean approach
  • The Navy's solution
  • The results
  • What can we learn?

Planning about 5-10 minutes for questions at the end.

Learning Outcome

Illustrating the value of:

  • Gathering more effective feedback
  • Rapid iterations to expose unknowns
  • Multi-disciplinary problem-solving
  • Agile and Lean in non-traditional environments

Target Audience

Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, and others interested in Lean and Agile approaches.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Dan Neumann
    By Dan Neumann  ~  1 year ago
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    This sounds pretty interesting. Very often, people say "agile won't work for...." I think your session could provide value in highlighting additional options where agile methods might work. Do you have any more breakdown of the 45 minute window you might offer? It might help people understand how time will be allocated to the various topics you will cover. 

    • Trent Hone
      By Trent Hone  ~  1 year ago
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      Thank you! I've added more details to the outline. I hope that answers the questions. If you'd like more detail, please let me know.


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