Chinese are using agile design approaches in Engineering Design and Innovation. Also they are using small decentralized and dispersed groups in the design process.
“Go back to what Henry Ford did 100 years ago,” "He got single-piece flow on the assembly line. Now how do you extend that all the way up the supply stream?" That’s the progress of lean manufacturing concept.
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