Robert Allen has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of product development, process improvement and project management. Rob was a key contributor to numerous deployments of lean sigma and project management organizations, most notably with Honeywell and TE Connectivity. Included in Rob’s experience are multiple certifications and over 25 years of practice in the development, teaching, execution, and leadership of product lifecycle, lean product development, DFSS, lean six sigma, project management, systems engineering and supply chain.
Industries in which Rob has achieved success include aerospace, medical devices, consumer electronics, printed circuit boards and small enterprise manufacturing. Working at all levels of complexity, across various industries and processes, Rob helps businesses quickly identify priorities and techniques for rapid problem solving and transformation to future states.
Educated at the University of Rhode Island, Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the mid-1990s, he was an early adopter of lean sigma collaborative problem solving and advanced product development techniques and has expanded his expertise in a range of industries and disciplines since then.
Think of the “wasted energy” involved with products that require rework, redesigns, or fail to meet customer needs. In addition, a great deal of time and effort is often put into products after they have been developed to make them more profitable.
The goal of this article series is to help organizations proactively focus on maximizing customer value of products, and minimizing cost of operations during the product development process. Readers will also improve their understanding of problem solving and process improvement tools and methodologies. Some articles will provide high-level perspective while others will deep-dive into specifics.
While product development is not always perfect, companies can emphasize teamwork, establish a framework for innovation & problem solving, and eliminate waste. Meanwhile, employees can develop transferable, marketable skillsets with their knowledge of problem solving tools and methodologies. This article series will also help contribute to these objectives.
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