Process and plant design is associated with long lead times from first planning to plant commissioning. Methods to reduce lead time in chemical engineering process and plant design are reviewed. Experiment-based process design methods for small-scale production will be discussed as well as recent approaches for module-based plant design. For both, the required information technologies will be discussed, and an overview will be given about suitable and available software solutions. Finally, an innovative approach to modularization for small-scale continuous container processes will be presented.