Driving Efficiency & Innovation Forward in a Complex Market
The automotive industry is all about innovation. And while it’s certainly one of the most forward-thinking markets today, it’s also among the most complex. That’s because automotive leaders must deliver innovative technology that extends to both the digital and physical realms, all while working within the confines of changing environments, including safety regulations, manufacturing requirements, and environmental regulations.
Given these complexities, it’s no surprise that automotive teams face challenges around:
Maintaining visibility into the status of thousands of physical parts and over 100 million lines of code
Collaborating across large, dispersed engineering teams
Working efficiently in order to avoid costly delays
How Lean Helps Automotive Engineering Teams Innovate Efficiently
In an industry as complex as automotive engineering, teams need modern technology to help bring robust designs to market efficiently. And when the cost of delay for just one day can total over $2 million, timeliness matters.
Enter Lean. Lean management is about creating a foundation of agility and visibility to help teams work more efficiently and deliver more value to customers. Looking at the automotive space, Lean principles can help engineering teams:
Improve visibility: Lean principles call for visibility across teams by providing real-time, centralized insight into the current state of work, down to what needs attention, what’s in progress, and what’s outstanding. This high level of visibility helps coordinate the thousands of moving pieces required to bring new vehicles to market.
Collaborate seamlessly: By providing visibility into the current state of work in a centralized location, Lean also helps teams collaborate seamlessly. That’s because this visibility allows everyone, regardless of their location, to stay on the same page in terms of what’s happening and what still needs to get done and to connect their work in order to stay in sync.
Increase efficiency: Together, this improved visibility and collaboration also help increase efficiency, namely by shortening feedback loops, reducing handoff delays, and helping predict potential issues so that teams can respond quickly. As a result of this increased efficiency, Lean allows teams to cut costs and reduce waste.
Deliver higher quality products: Finally, Lean optimizes value at every delivery point by creating a continuous flow of information, eliminating complexity, and improving communication and visibility across teams.
The Power of LeanKit for Automotive
LeanKit is a visual work management tool that was developed based on Lean principles to help businesses maintain a competitive edge and deliver innovative products and customer experiences faster.
Looking at the automotive industry, LeanKit offers the modern technology that engineering teams need to put Lean principles into action, innovate processes, and realize the benefits of improved visibility, collaboration, and efficiency -- all of which help create new market opportunities. LeanKit accomplishes these goals by by providing a centralized location to manage all activities through visual, Kanban-style boards so that even globally dispersed teams can stay connected and visualize the current state of work.
Ultimately, these improvements help cut costs, reduce waste, and deliver higher quality products to market faster than ever. In fact, automotive engineering teams using LeanKit typically save up to 30% on new vehicle development, making it no surprise that these teams have referred to LeanKit as a true game-changer and competitive advantage.