Recognizing technological trends early on and using them for product innovations
In our global economy, European companies tend to secure their market position via a technological lead, rarely via price. However, the synergetic inter-linkage of product, technology and innovation is vital for success. The biggest effects can be achieved during the development phase. With our method skills, we can verify weak points and innovation potential from structured idea identification to management of the technology portfolio, efficiency increase in research and development, implementation and marketing of innovations, all the way to the protection of intellectual property. We form interdisciplinary teams to accompany the implementation within the development process.
Want to develop a new product in a short amount of time? We offer an innovative format that bundles forces and avoids unnecessary technology and design loops. Within the framework of an h&z workshop, we get potential suppliers to sit down with industrial designers and their development and project specialists at one table. This results in a product concept that has already been tested for optimal producability by the suppliers and that meets the requirements of your project team. Designers sketch possible solutions and present them in the form of a morphological box.
Product Benchmarking & Design-to-Cost
We use comprehensive analyses to support you in developing improved products and services. A clear picture of the current status quo is created based on detailed analyses down to the component level and the comparison with requirements from market, requirements specification and competition. Our specialists provide impulses and help with the search for technical alternatives, new suppliers and markets. Many times, this also results in optimizations in the area of variant, configuration and change management.
Modern development faces challenges from an increasingly volatile environment, and rapidly emerging technological trends like digitalization. We will help you with the required transformation, an organizational design supporting an agile development (e.g. Scrum-based) and innovation via design thinking. The results are moving teams, a reactive organization and a synchronized agile development: Key elements are a shift decision power to team level and the introduction of clear team roles, like facilitator (e.g. scrum master) and product owner. Design thinking increases innovative effectiveness and unlocks the entrepreneurial potential of teams. Key differentiators to enable true value creation: Strong understand- and observe-phases assure the identification of true needs. An iterative approach allows an agile innovation. Conscious diverging and converging delivers rich solutions. Prototyping and testing ensure desirability and human centered design. Our experienced team consists of design thinking experts (Stanford D-School method), Scrum masters with agile project experience and natives in ideation and innovation.