Goal of the study

Agile Product Development – overrated hype or future-oriented guarantee of success? In volatile times, the classical development approaches typically used in companies are reaching the limits of their capabilities. For this reason, manufacturing companies are increasingly using agile principles in the development of physical products. This results in a variety of potentials, as well as challenges.

Therefore we, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the Complexity Management Academy, in cooperation with an industrial consortium, would like to identify successful and field-proven solutions as well as success factors for the agile development of physical products.

For this reason, use this benchmarking study “Agile Product Development” to critically examine your approach for the introduction and application of agile product development, to receive further impulses and inform yourself about successful approaches based on the study results.

We are looking forward to your participation!




The benchmarking study is designed in three phases over 9 months. During the initial Screening phase data is captured in a global context based on the questionnaire. As part of the Evaluation phase, the returns are analyzed while all participants are provided with an individual positioning within the overall study results. In collaboration with our industrial and scientific expert network promising approaches are further analyzed by case studies with the respective participants of the study. According to the overall motto “Learn from the best”, best practices are shared across the successful practice companies and the consortium in the course of five Company Visits.

Scope of the study


  • How can agile and classic development projects be synchronized?
  • How can partners and suppliers be involved?
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  • How does prototyping work in the context of agile product development?

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Culture & Mindset

  • How are employees motivated for the change to an agile organization?
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  • Which organizational adjustments are required for agile product development?
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Methods & Tools

  • How do you use methods and define requirements in agile product development?

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  • Which infrastructure enables agile development of physical products?
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Industrial consortium

Get in touch

Manuel Ebi, M.Sc. RWTH

Project Manager
Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen
Campus-Boulevard 30
D-52074 Aachen
T +49 241 80 27593
M +49 151 51526195

E-Mail: m.ebi@wzl.rwth-aachen.de

Manuel Ebi

Manuel Ebi

Jonas Tittel, M.Sc. RWTH
Project Staff
Complexity Management Academy GmbH
Campus-Boulevard 30
D-52074 Aachen
T +49 241 80 27392
M +49 151 43123503


Jonas Tittel

Jonas Tittel

Bastian Studerus, M.Sc. RWTH
Project Staff
Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstraße 17
D-52074 Aachen
T +49 241 89 04419

E-Mail: bastian.studerus@ipt.fraunhofer.de

Bastian Studerus

Bastian Studerus




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