Integrated approach to the agile development with design thinking in an industrial environment

DS 87-2 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Grashiller, Michael; Luedeke, Tobias; Vielhaber, Michael
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, Germany; 2: Saarland University, Germany
Section: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management
Page(s): 239-248
ISBN: 978-1-904670-90-2
ISSN: 2220-4342


The aim of this paper is to investigate the arrangement of creative techniques and flexible project management methods to enable innovative product development in one single process. Because innovation had become key factor, creative and agile methods - such as Design Thinking and Scrum - are interesting to combine. But contemporary methods of such integration to existing structures often fail and today no further applications are known. This paper challenges the implementation of the combined processes focussed to the modern product development. In a second stage, the authors present a methodology to overcome the deficits and introduce the EIVAmode process. As basis, there is a conflated Design Thinking process combined with a Scrum framework afterwards. The approach is designed for producing industries with the requirement of an accessible innovation process in product-related search fields. Finally, it was applied to the product development within an 8-month testing phase. It brought remarkable results by comparison with a project using static project management. The presented approach will provide a contribution to enhance the innovativeness in an industrial environment.

Keywords: Innovation, Lean design, Design process, Design Thinking, Agile product development


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