Kohler Company began its Lean NPD journey in 2013 in their Global Faucets business unit as an effort to improve production readiness of new product launches. Since that time, Lean NPD practices have been utilized in other Kohler business units, and in 2017 Kohler Power Systems began its first Lean NPD project pilot. In a few short years, the Power Systems PMO has undergone significant changes and process improvements, and at the center of it all has been the implementation of Lean NPD practices and tools.
This presentation will provide an overview of those changes and highlight how the introduction of the Planning Risk and Mitigation (PRAM) event, the use of the (Obeya Board) visual management tool, short stand-up project meetings, and improved Risk Management have all played a key role in this transformation. An improved process for gathering lessons learned and managing their implementation across the business will also be presented.
Director of NPD Program Management, Kohler Power Systems
Curtis is a dynamic leader with a strong technical background and diverse global management experience. His years of product development experience have come through leadership roles in engineering, marketing, product management, project management, and strategic planning.
At Kohler Power Systems, he is responsible for leading the Program Management Office engaged in managing a global portfolio of product development projects, optimizing a globalized product development process, improving PM competencies and providing support for strategic product roadmap development. His team leverages Lean NPD practices and tools to successfully plan and lead projects to meet cost, budget, delivery, timeline and profitability goals.
Prior to joining Kohler, Hanson held leadership roles in the construction, shipbuilding, and global mining & off-road equipment manufacturing industries.
Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and an MBA from Marquette University.