What Is Future Design?

Lean Principle 6 – Future Design

Goal: Design a process or future product that is easily executed and economical across the value stream.


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The purpose is to align the process or product design programme into one activity.


  • Reduce operating cost by 30%

Operations find themselves at the mercy of engineering and design far too often.  New processes or production lines carry the burden of unnecessary operating costs simply because of the ‘over the wall’ thinking that occurs during the product / process journey from concept to reality.

Silo thinking in different departments with competing objectives on cost and quality inevitably end up with a compromised package arriving at the door of operations.  Future Design, done well will reduce your operating costs by 30% or more by following a simple and collaborative model.

Modular Design –  future proofing against the additional cost of re-design to cope with production changes in volumes, specification or quality.  Far too often, assets, layouts and engineering thinking can constrain the agility of an organisation when future changes arise.

Failure Mode Effect Analysis – Designing quality into a process by a disciplined Critical to Quality (CTQ) flow-down of customer requirements ensuring that each and every one are statistically capable of being produced.  Ensuring failure in the field is mitigated or, better still, eliminated from internal processes.

New Product Introduction – Design For Six Sigma -New Product Introduction ensures a product reaches the market, matching the customer specification through a process of rapid prototyping in conjunction with operations.

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This page was written by Mark Radley in February 2018.
Due for review in 2019.

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