Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Definitions

Glossary terms, history, people and definitions about Lean and Six Sigma

International Motor Vehicle Program

IMVP was a program created in 1979 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). IMVP is best known for developing the name “lean production” to characterize the new paradigm that challenged mass production starting in the 1970s and 1980s. The research conducted by researchers at IMVP was documented in the landmark book The Machine that Changed the World.

It now goes by the name Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) and is based at the University of Pennsylvania, led by John Paul MacDuffie. It is responsible for researching and describing lean methodologies, and establishing automotive industry benchmarking standards.