I wanted to draw your attention to a section in Lean Thinking by Womack & Jones, which describes a Toyota technique which they call "visual control" - I see this as the car industry equivalent of the FDD Wall Chart. There is a fascinating anecdote about the Toyota US distribution warehouses and how they use such a technique. The key point is that a wall chart similar to the FDD Feature List is already considered a best practice in other industries.
I have been reading a lot of material on efficient methods from other industriues and I am finding that a lot of techniques in FDD can be mapped against techniques in lean production and distribution systems.
I really feel that FDD should be considered a "Lean Development" method.
"Lean" is a term coined by Womack & Jones to describe a method of management used primarily at Toyota and known in Japan as "The Toyota Way" (sometimes referred to as "Toyota Production System"). Bob Charette is best known for trying to apply these techniques to software with what he calls "Lean Development". Mary Poppendieck has also published work on "Lean Programming" at Software Development Magazine and has a book call "Lean Development - a toolkit for software development managers" being published next spring.
|Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated|
author: James P. Womack,Daniel T. Jones,James Womack,Daniel Jones