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.