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The Bonsai Process Development Method


The optimal bonsai tree can only be cultivated by pruning certain limbs and leaves. The same disciplined decision-making is required to eliminate the extraneous options in process development.

Increasing speed to market is key to maximizing profitability in launching new technologies and products. Development teams tasked with developing new processes or technologies face the challenge of managing three constraints: time, scope, and resources. There is an ever-increasing drive to go faster with fewer resources.

Process development is all about making decisions — which chemical route to use, what unit operations in what sequence give the best results, which solvents and reagents to select, and so on. Thus, the key to managing scope, or the amount of work necessary to develop the new process, is making fast, effective decisions. The bonsai process development method is one way to successfully manage scope as well as solve complex problems.

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