Flexible product development process


The research topic "flexibility in product development" is creating an organisational and processual framework which enables companies in automotive industry, to permanently integrate new technologies and business models into the lifecycle of a vehicle.

Initial situation

  • Flexible integration of new technologies and innovation is difficult due to long term covering processes in vehicle development

  • Describing and Defining of the specific Lifecycles of different vehicle system components

  • Exact description of interfaces and interactions of various subsystems of vehicles

  • Heterogeneous system landscapes within the company

  • Limited linking of information and knowledge from different fields


  • Development of a Process Model which enables continuous Integration of innovation and business models in lifecycle of a vehicle

  • Describing new covering strategies for new technologies, infrastructure and business models

  • Cross-functional networking of corporate knowledge and information to improve the flexibility of product development