The Challenge of Innovation Management: Increasing Customer Benefit and Reducing Costs

With our "Lean Innovation Principles" we focus on the effecivness of the development process in the form of optimal customer benefit of the products and services to be developed on the one hand and process efficiency in all processes involved on the other. This enables us to achieve a holistic optimization of all elements and resources of R&D and innovation management.

  • How much R&D effort is optimal?
  • Are the R&D priorities set correctly?
  • Which positioning and which solutions do I have to strive for in order to maximize customer benefit?
  • How do I have to structure the solution to control innovation, avoid over-engineering and implement design for supply chain?
  • How do I synchronize all functions during the implementation?
  • How do I have to adapt continuous improvement processes and release engineering?

As the market leader in the field of complexity management, we implement our methodologies fast and efficiently. Schuh & Co.'s consultants are highly efficient partners for our clients. Depending on the field of application, generally achieve up to:

  • 50% less development costs
  • 40% lower manufacturing costs
  • 15% faster time to market

A selection of the tools used

Lean Innovation Principles
Lean Innovation Principles

Lean Innovation Principles

Further information

  • 15.04.2015
    3 min.
    Lean Innovation (Teil 4) - Ausgabe 2/2015
    Lean Innovation (Teil 4) - Ausgabe 2/2015

    • Implementation of relevant Lean Innovation Principles to significantly improve development productivity at a tier 1 automotive supplier

      On the basis of a Lean Innovation audit, in which the degree of implementation of the Lean Innovation Principles is analyzed, options for action for a significant improvement in development productivity were developed and implemented in individual sub-projects. The main improvement topics were frontloading for strategic positioning with regard to customer benefits, value stream optimization and the introduction of agile development methods.

    • Introduction of selected Lean Innovation Methodologies to improve the development productivity of a global machine and plant manufacturer

      After auditing the development organization, selected Lean Innovation methods were introduced, e.g. strategic portfolio management, requirements management focused on customer benefits and product modularization. To ensure a holistic implementation of lean thinking, including anchoring of the methods in the organization, a new leadership process was implemented and focused trainings were carried out. As a result, competitiveness and profitability could be increased significantly.

    • Implementation of cross-portfolio product and production architectures to improve the future product development productivity at an equipment manufacturer

      An customized modularization methodology for product and production architectures was implemented and validated in the course of a pilot project. A strong focus was on "frontloading" to define future customer benefits and the product positioning in the competitive arena as input for the requirements management. By anchoring the methods in the processes, the organizational structure and the corporate culture, a sustainable introduction of relevant Lean Innovation Principles could be achieved which resulted in a significant increase in development productivity.

    • Strategic product positioning with differentiating customer benefits including value analysis and target costing
    • Innovation of products, processes and business models (design thinking)
    • Technology planning (screening, evaluation, management)
    • Road mapping (market, product, technology) and lifecycle management
    • Product, process and supply chain architectures
    • Implementation of an agile development organization
    • Value stream optimization (stage-gate process, agile processes)
    • R&D and innovation strategy / management (core competencies, resources, agile organization)
    • R&D portfolio management / development master plan / R&D project management


Stephan Krumm, Ph.D.
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