Towards a Performance Measurement System for Lean-Oriented NPD Processes

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Lean thinking has been successfully applied to manufacturing and operations environments and many case studies and research papers have extensively been published. The same remark cannot be made for lean application to the New Product Development (NPD) process. Some efforts in Lean Product Development exist, but, until today, with the tools available, it is impossible to say if a NPD process is lean or not, and actually how much lean is. A kind of gap exists in the applicability of lean into the NPD process and this chapter aims at filling this gap, contributing to NPD performance measurement getting a leanness process. The paper proposes a Performance Measurement System, derived from the Balanced Scorecard approach, for measuring a NPD and its leanness. The proposed framework is under development within the LeanPPD European project.


New product development Performance measurement system Lean product development LeanPPD project 

List of Abbreviations


Analytic Hierarchic Process


Break Event Point


Balance Scorecard


Integrated Performance Index


Lean Aerospace Initiative


New Product Development


Net Present Value


Project Management


Performance Measurement System


Product & Process Development


Research & Development


Return On Equity


Return On Investment


Strategic Management and Reporting Technique


Time To Market


Value Stream Mapping


Just In Time



This work was partly funded by the European Commission through the LeanPPD Project (NMP-2007-214090, The authors wish to acknowledge their gratitude to the rest of the project partners for their contributions during the development of various ideas presented in this chapter. The authors wish to acknowledge their gratitude to Alessandra Calcaterra and Francesca Pozzi for their valuable contribution to this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di Milano, Department of ManagementEconomics and Industrial EngineeringMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversità degli Studi di BergamoDalmine (BG)Italy

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