2011: Is it Lean or Just Common Sense ?, Håkan Gustavsson, Scania

2011: Is it Lean or Just Common Sense ?, Håkan Gustavsson, Scania

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Title: Is it Lean or just common sense?

Abstract: The concept of Lean derives from the production methods developed by Toyota in the 1950s. I recently had the opportunity to visit various companies in Japan in order to better understand there way of working. In this talk I will present my observations. The Scania way of working has been heavily inspired by Toyota through a long cooperation. Scania has applied its own dialect of Lean to production for 20 years, and for more than 10 years in research and development. In this presentation I will present my view of the main differences to our way of working compared to traditional research and development practice.


Håkan Gustavsson is an industrial researcher at Scania CV AB in Södertälje, Sweden. Håkan has been working with vehicle electronic systems integration and architecture since 2002. He is currently employed as an Industrial Ph.D. student within the electrical systems predevelopment section at Scania. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology 2002 after completing his studies with a final year at Fachhochschule Zentral Schweiz. His research area is systems engineering of vehicle electronics. His licentiatie thesis was accepted in 2008, where a method was presented on how to improve the decisions made during the early phases of E/E-system development. His current research focus on how Lean principles can improve the development process of software-intensive system. His PhD thesis investigates how Lean thinking can be applied to system architecting and will be defended in march 2011.

Email: hakan.gustavsson@scania.com