Eppendorf, a leading global company in the life sciences industry, wants to increase its innovation power and secure high, profitable growth. Zühlke is helping to increase the market efficiency by means of agile development.
The market leader’s vision
Eppendorf, a leading global manufacturer of laboratory devices and pipetting systems, wants to improve its innovation capabilities. The Group’s rapid geographic expansion and growing sales pose a host of strategic and organisational challenges in the area of product innovation. The company wants to make considerable improvements over the next five years. Agile development is one of the success factors that plays a vital role in further increasing the company’s market efficiency. Zühlke wants to help implement the necessary changes regarding mindset, performance and processes within the company.
Extending agile development methods for software to systems, Zühlke coaches individual development teams on selected pilot projects and supports the management with organisational issues at the same time. This cooperative planning work involving whole teams quickly leads to renewed energy. The findings from the project are used to define a process structure that will be further developed. The next step is to enable in-house coaches to make comprehensive changes to all business units. This means that agility can be scaled in the medium term, despite the geographical distribution of the Group.
Agile transformation gets results
Customer needs must be directly and iteratively incorporated into the development process, as this allows the product portfolio to continue to be successful on the market. By integrating agile development into an overarching strategic agenda, Eppendorf can change the mindset of its employees. Organisational units grow closer together, employee satisfaction increases, product development becomes more innovative, and the path is clear for sustainable and profitable growth.
Thorsten Knauf is a Senior Manager who has been working for almost 30 years in the international consulting services industry. He has gained broad experiences from several mission critical and innovative IT and engineering projects across industries. As a partner for business innovation with an agile mind set his current focus is primarily on digital business models, products and services.