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» Lean Principles and Application

Lean Product Development enables step-changes in output and efficiency for creative processes

Warwick, UK

As part of a post-graduate programme at Warwick University, England, Glober & Partners’ Managing Director Stefan Glober was invited to lecture on the subject of lean applications outside the traditional manufacturing area. The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) holds a long tradition of developing and teaching standards of excellence in manufacturing. This lecture provided an opportunity to broaden the scope to the creative process of product development, upstream of factory operations. Students were shown how important product development is to the long-term competitiveness of an enterprise. At the same time, ever-increasing customer expectations and shareholder’s focus on return-on-investment require step changes in output and efficiency in new product development to guarantee sustainable competitiveness. “In today’s environment, every development director is challenged to do more with less, to be able to satisfy customer’s and shareholder’s expectations alike and to provide a continuous flow of great products and innovations. This requires an organization to look at product development as a part of a larger value chain and to rigorously standardize and enforce the use of best practices”, stated Glober. He then demonstrated how lean principles can and have been applied with great success in the ‘product development factory’, using standardized work, standardized management and visual management tools to increase productivity of product development organizations. In their feedback, students from a wide range of industries appreciated the eye-opening to lean thinking outside of the production environment and suggested a need for a much stronger focus on this in the future. “The session was incredibly powerful in what can be achieved by applying the principles, tools and techniques of Lean”, summarized post-graduate course coordinator Wendy Wilson. In addition to the good big picture view, detail provided also showed the enormity of what has been achieved and the “lateral thinking” that has taken place to apply Lean Thinking in the new product development environment, and we will spend more time on this in the future”, Wilson concluded.

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Posted on 01 Jan 2009
 

» Reflecting on what really matters

Glober & Partners together with LJM Communications select the “Arche Noe” orphanage in Burundi for their 2008 Christmas donation

Luxembourg

The year is coming to a close and in particular the last two months have brought about economic pressures beyond what many of us imagined possible. Yet, in many countries where economic pressure is the norm, the global financial crisis is causing increased difficulties for many innocent people who already had a fragile existence. 

A number of months ago we became aware of  the work that two sisters, Suavis Vandeweerd and Gloriosa Nahimana, have been engaged in for almost 15 years.  

Suavis teaches French in Luxembourg and Gloriosa lives in Burundi, Africa. Following the civil war, Gloriosa started a children’s orphanage which now supports around 100 children. The sisters believe that the children must become self sufficient and to this end they are taught sewing and crafts. Suavis sells the children’s hand crafts here in Luxembourg to raise much needed funds for the orphanage.  A few years ago, Gloriosa was diagnosed with cancer, so now as well as the worry about her poor health, she has the constant concern of what will become of the children. Suavis has indicated that even the smallest contribution is a relief from the increasing financial pressure that they are experiencing, furthermore, it is for them a glimmer of hope. 

Our own concerns fade in comparison.  

If you want to join us in the support of a worthy cause that applies your contribution directly to those in need:  

Nahimana Gloriosa

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 Thank You.


Posted on 02 Dec 2008
 

» Quality from the Start

Glober & Partners joins the Mouvement Luxembourgeois pour la Qualité (MLQ)

Luxembourg

The Mouvement Luxembourgeois pour la Qualité (MLQ) stands for the promotion of quality in products, services and businesses as a whole. With over 200 members, the MLQ has become a reference and networking point for best industry practices in the greater Luxembourg region. “Glober & Partners will avail their knowledge and expertise to the network, with particular focus on product development excellence”, states Dr. Stefan Glober, Managing Director. “Explicit quality standards at every step in a product development project are key to achieving consistently great results and allow for continuous improvement in the quality of output, flexibility and efficiency through problem solving and the application of lessons learned. We support the mission of the MLQ in full”, Glober continues. “Quality is recognized as a key ingredient to sustainable growth and competitiveness of enterprises. The continuous improvement of product development through focus on customer value and best-practices for project execution in terms of quality, flexibility and cost provides the quintessential foundation.”

Posted on 16 Oct 2007
 

» Technology Drivers and Trends

Dr. S. Glober delivered keynote speech at SAE/ IMechE global VTMS conference

Brighton, UK

Stefan Glober, Managing Director of Glober & Partners Consulting s.àr.l. and former Director of Engineering of Delphi-Thermal Europe and South-America was invited to deliver the keynote speech to the bi-annual, global Vehicle Thermal Management Systems (VTMS) Conference in Brighton, England. VTMS is jointly organized and hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE. It brings together world experts in their field. Vehicle thermal management systems are gaining increasing focus as consumers and legislators around the world pay closer attention to the environmental impact of automobiles. Glober’s speech brought specific focus to the challenges and opportunities around environment (mass, fuel efficiency, emissions), product reliability, time-to-market, product cost and product development cost. Prof. Tim Cowell, member of the conference organizing committee summarized: “The keynote address highlighted the enormous technical and commercial challenges under which new systems have to be developed, but it also provided outstanding examples of breakthrough methods that have come available to achieve new product development objectives”. Examples of advanced methods included numerical modeling for assessing and improving passenger comfort, combined computational fluid dynamics and stress calculations to improve component reliability, fatigue and creep analysis, noise prediction tools and many more. Many examples of innovative products were given that provided suppliers and automotive manufacturers the opportunity of differentiation in the marketplace, a key to demonstrating innovation power and supporting brand image.

Posted on 17 Apr 2007
 

News Headlines

Lean Principles and Application
Lean Product Development enables step-changes in output and efficiency for creative processes
Warwick, UK


Reflecting on what really matters
Glober & Partners together with LJM Communications select the “Arche Noe” orphanage in Burundi for their 2008 Christmas donation
Luxembourg


Quality from the Start
Glober & Partners joins the Mouvement Luxembourgeois pour la Qualité (MLQ)
Luxembourg


Technology Drivers and Trends
Dr. S. Glober delivered keynote speech at SAE/ IMechE global VTMS conference
Brighton, UK


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