In this age of information, and rapid change, the ability to intelligently assimilate information and make correct product development decisions is imperative. Product life cycles are shortening year by year. The answer seems to be innovate or die. However, in this era of constant changes, it is also necessary to continously optimize your design / product development process.
Yesterday while conducting research, I stumbled upon an excellent resource, the Lean Advancement Institute at MIT. Although the root page seems to imply a membership is required, I was able to freely browse the portal and access / download valuable information and reports. Here is just one such example ... a 61 page MIT case study on the Implementation of Lean at Rockwell Collins (pdf). This site from MIT will be added to the Technology Management Section of the Engineering Learning Wiki.
If the subject of lean interests you, link to my earlier post named: Moving Ahead, Or Are You Stuck in the Past?