The latest Tweets from Donald Reinertsen (@DReinertsen). Product Development Consultant, Author, Always trying to learn more about math, science, and. Donald G. Reinertsen. · Rating details · 1, ratings · 94 reviews. In this book, Reinertsen provides an examination of product development practices. 14 quotes from Donald G. Reinertsen: ‘In product development, our greatest waste is not unproductive engineers, but work products sitting idle in process.

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Generally the ideas are great and it is worth the effort to read but it is definitively g.reimertsen a light read and requires a lot of work to try to g.reineertsen in practice. It lays out major themes in how to think about product development that offer a more nuanced view than most methodologies do.

Only 2 left in stock – order soon. This seems to be especially true any time Math is involved. Oct 31, Michael Fruergaard rated it it was ok.

Reinertsen basically takes the principles of Lean Manufacturing and explains the ways in which they can apply to product development and the ways in which they cannot.

To balance centralization and decentralization, Reinertsen suggests using more decentralization for solving frequent, low cost problems where speed is advantageous. Incredible This is a remarkable book that spans numerous disciplines in its mission of applying principles of flow to product dev’t.

Most of these ideas are only applicable in the context of a team, but the book gives you very few tools to help communicate and sell the change in approach.

Product development contrasts with manufacturing in that there is much more inherent variability in the tasks and also much more variability in payoff. In general, Reinertsen believes product development tends to bias too much toward large batches, but he acknowledges that the right queue size depends on the situation. Oct 09, Anton Kotov rated it liked it. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The key learning though, is that this book looks at the challenges of product development in a different way to what we’re all brought up to understand, and the insights that it offers have the potential to massively improve how we do things.


However, I do think that Reinertsen’s brevity hurt his core arguments at time. Reinertsen often assumes a level of familiarity with manufacturing terminology, economics, and management theory that readers may simply lack.

I liked the mathematical explanations and some of the principles are useful. Centralization is valuable for infrequent, large problems or when it’s significantly more cost effective to centralize decisions. Mar 21, Eric Bowman rated it it was amazing. Aug 04, Cory rated it it was amazing.

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We can only do so if we express both factors in the same unit of measure, life-cycle profits. And these reserves aggregate into even longer timelines.

Other reviewers have written great reviews about the power behind this book’s premise. I would have liked a final chapter putting it all together, perhaps a case study. Some of the terms used have g.reinertxen specific meanings, like transfer functions, transients, and step functions from the world of control theory.

Importantly, the variability is still here. Get to Know Us. Marvelous 5 star content obscured by sub-par organization and style choices.

When it makes no intuitive sense and Reinertsen attempts to “prove” it with graphs, the lack of hard data makes the claims seem dubious. Work in progress WIP constraints are one of the primary mechanisms for controlling queue size.

A treat to read this book which is a distillation and a validation of knowledge I picked up from a bunch of other books and during years of painstaking work. I can pull out the internet to look up unfamiliar terms. Available for download now.


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The final approach for improving development processes is balancing centralized and decentralized control, erring much more on the side of decentralization than organizations currently tend. It’s hard to read.

And management gets convinced by economic views, and other stakeholders by sheer down-to-earth logic. Batch size tends to g.eeinertsen a U-curve relationship to economic costs, with small frequent batches decreasing cost over large infrequent batches up until the point where the fixed-cost overhead per batch dominates the cost.

Second Generation Lean Product Development. Reinertsen is masterful in building a comprehensive approach to product development from donqld, networks, computer operating systems, and the military.

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Are you an author? I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who works on projects, products, or services. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Jun 10, Charles Eliot rated it really liked it. If I had to summarise the book I’d say it’s about taking all the complex interdependent components of designing and building things and making them understandable and manageable through the use of economic frameworks.

Fast feedback sounds like a non-controversial principle, but large queues, large batch sizes, and long delays have the unintended effect of slowing down feedback. If I have one problem with the book, it’s that the author is touching the elephant from so many angles that I don’t know if I have received an overall theory of development.

It’s much easier to monitor and control queue length and queue wait time. Love the principles and the lack of zealotry in the writing.