In an exclusive interview with the WLEI podcast, executives at the electric adventure vehicle startup reveal how it is using lean product and process development methods to get its processes, products, and culture just right.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (PRWEB) February 27, 2020
The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) announces the free release of a new podcast that chronicles the founding, growth, and operating principles of Rivian, an American electric vehicle company.
In the podcast, Rivian founder and CEO Robert “RJ” Scaringe and COO Jim Morgan chronicle the organization’s evolution from a single-employee startup to a multibillion-dollar enterprise developing sustainable electric vehicle technologies for recreation and commercial use.
Scaringe and Morgan describe forward-thinking experimentation, change management, and building a culture with a deeply engrained mindset for continuous improvement and efficiency improvement. Podcast listeners will hear considerable commentary on the company’s view of the critical importance of team building, continuous learning, and a willingness to quickly make structural and operating changes as the enterprise grows.
Additionally, Morgan, who also leads LEI’s #Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) initiative, shares insights on listening to customers’ needs and building processes for value creation.
In other segments, the executives describe the challenges and rewards of building an enterprise that commingles the talents of individuals recruited from nonautomotive enterprises, such as Apple, with those from conventional and new automotive enterprises, such as Tesla. They also add similar insights about creating a seamless culture across the greenfield and brownfield physical sites that make up the Rivian enterprise.
LEI offers free access to the podcast on WLEI, the official podcast site of the Lean Enterprise Institute, by visiting: https://www.lean.org/podcast/
Listeners may also subscribe directly to LEI podcasts through Apple® Podcasts, Google Play®, Stitcher, and Spotify.
About the Lean Enterprise Institute
The Lean Enterprise Institute Inc. (LEI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. The organization carries out its mission through value streams: Lean Education, Lean Learning Materials, Co-Learning Partnerships, the Lean Summit conferences, and its website: lean.org.
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