Integration of Agile Approaches in SME's Product Development: Demand Analysis and Concept Development

Manuel Niever, Han Jennifer Trinh, Roman Kerres, Carsten Hahn
<span title="2021-06-23">2021</span> <i title="Athens Institute for Education and Research ATINER"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Athens Journal of Business &amp; Economics</a> </i> &nbsp;
In times of a complex, uncertain and dynamic world with increasingly faster product life cycles agile approaches in the early phase of product development are demanded in small and medium sized enterprises (SME's). Despite the high demand, there is still no generally valid and need-specific solution concept for the integration of agile approaches due to different company specific requirements such as the level of maturity, experience and application purposes. Within this research, the question
more &raquo; ... bout the actual needs as well as the corresponding design of a concept for integrating agile approaches in product development for SME requirements is tackled. In order to identify existing challenges in the field of agile product development an empirical study with eleven mechanical engineering companies is conducted and analyzed. By using agglomerative-hierarchical clustering, three distinct types of SME's with similar needs are structured. As a result, this research proposes a systematic procedure, enabling SME's to be clustered by their needs and enable the integration of agile approaches through a problem-oriented roadmap with specified recommendation of actions. Enhancing the integration and application of agile approaches effectively in product development projects, the level of agility appropriate to the situation and needs must be identified and introduced. Therefore, the potential that arises from the process-oriented support of the product development teams in the early phase of innovation projects will be outlined. Keywords: agile approaches, needs analysis, small and medium sized enterprises, clustering, product development, mechanical engineering
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