Current Benchmarking

The aim of the consortium benchmarking "Agile Product Development" is to find answers to crucial questions of agile development of physical products.

Manufacturing companies operate in an increasingly global and therefore intensified competition. At the same time, customer requirements are increasing: They have the desire to be involved in decision-making, but can usually only vaguely describe their requirements at an early stage of development and not yet formulate them in concrete terms. This requires numerous iterations during product development and companies have to deal with unknown or changing requirements at the beginning of the project. Companies in some industries are therefore already relying on agile development methods and processes in individual lighthouse projects. However, implementing these approaches in practice and integrating them into corporate structures and existing processes presents many companies with new challenges.

The Fraunhofer IPT would therefore like to determine successful and proven solutions as well as success factors in the consortium benchmarking "Agile Product Development". Companies participating in the study get to know so-called successful practices and can transfer them to their companies: concepts, methods and innovative approaches of successful companies in the application of agile product development. Throughout the entire project, participants will gain a broad and detailed insight into successfully proven approaches and learn how agile development of physical products can be successfully implemented in their companies.

Together with innovation leaders from the industry, we would like to launch our new benchmarking on February 19, 2019, which aims to identify the success factors for the application of agile principles in series development and the necessary organizational prerequisites, as well as to derive cross-sector recommendations for action. In addition, we would like to promote the exchange between international companies from different industries.


Invention Center

The Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen campus is where participating companies can obtain further qualifications in the field of technology and innovation management along with optimum solutions to any challenges which arise. In collaboration with the TIME Research Area, the Fraunhofer IPT, the WZL of the RWTH Aachen University and the KEX Knowledge Exchange AG, a »World of Experience« is designed, which provides planners and decision-makers in industry with the opportunity to experience the entire process from the initial development idea through to the manufacture of products suitable for mass production. The underlying concept is fine-tuned carefully to match the projects, capabilities and interests of companies involved.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

On behalf of our customers we develop and optimize new and existing solutions for modern production. The aim of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT is to conduct application and industry-oriented research and development for companies throughout the entire manufacturing sector. The results are promptly implemented in the operating practice of our customers. We focus on sectors ranging from the automotive industry and its suppliers, particularly on tool and die making, through aerospace, precision engineering and optical industries through to machine tool construction.

Complexity Management Academy GmbH

The Complexity Management Academy provides individual further education in the field of complexity management. In addition to the extensive range of open seminars and company-specific in-house seminars will be held in the Complexity community in a network of experts from a wide range of industries success patterns for tomorrow's complexity management and product development developed. With more than 50 partner companies in the meantime, this network in Europe is unique and offers the ideal platform for the exchange on all current topics. development.

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH University Aachen conducts both basic and industry-oriented research and consulting projects, developing innovative, practice-based solutions to safeguard successful company development. The goal, to
address the whole range of production engineering issues, results in an expansive field of activity extending from strategy innovation, production and quality management to control, machine, manufacturing and measuring engineering.