Identify Customer Value: define value from the perspective of the customer.
Map the Value Stream: identify all steps in the value creation process and remove those steps that do not create value. Value stream analysis focuses on the flow of material and information through the system with a focus on throughput and wait times.
Create Flow: assemble value-creating steps in a tight sequence to enable value to flow quickly through the system.
Establish Pull: as value starts to flow, value is pulled through the system ideally by the customer and at the rate of customer demand (“build to order” is a pull system). This contrasts to most systems, which are push. In a pull system, development signals that capacity has become available and product management then provides the next most important requirement on which to work.
Seek “Perfection”: repeat the previous four steps until removed all waste in the system. Perfection is a state that the professionals continue to approach but never actually achieve.
Under these principles the complete definition of Lean Innovation refers to a new idea, method or devise. The act of creating a new product or process, that include the work required to bring an idea or concept into final form, all this using the Lean Principles identifying and creating the value and removing the waste of the New Product Development (NPD) process.