How to design an agile R&D organization

R&D organisation

In our infographic „Organizational structures and building blocks for agile product development“, we illustrate six key elements of an agile organization:

  • the navigators
  • the value maximizers
  • the solution deliverers
  • the system integrators
  • the supporters, and
  • the innovators

The future success of a company depends on these agile org elements to cope with the industry-specific and operational challenges of the VUCA world. These org elements should be designed to align with each company‘s environment, culture, and evolution.

Figure 1: Organizational structures and building blocks for agile product development

The challenges that are specific to the industry include increasing product complexity, advancing digitalization, and more and more connected products. Key operational challenges are usually defined by accelerated software delivery times, enhanced abilities to manage changing priorities, and higher productivity.

As a consequence of these challenges, the traditional R&D process will transition into agile R&D. The traditional R&D process is characterized by long-term stable stra

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Dr. Tim Sturm, Partner bei 3DSE

Dr. Tim Sturm

Dr. Tim Sturm is a Partner at 3DSE Management Consultants GmbH in Munich. In more than 11 years of R&D consulting experience, he gained his deep industry knowledge in Automotive, Industrial, Aerospace & Defense and Chemicals in national and international consulting projects. Here, his core competence lies in the design, initialization and implementation of major change programs at product, process and organizational level with a focus on modular platform strategies as well as agile transformation and scaling. Dr. Tim Sturm participated in several events as host, speaker and expert in the field of product development.

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Jan Richter

Jan Richter is Senior Consultant at 3DSE Management Consultants GmbH in Munich. With more than three years of experience in R&D consulting, he has supported companies in transforming and shaping their R&D to meet today’s challenges. His core competencies are platform and modularization strategies, agile development and optimization of operating models for R&D. He has broad industry experience in the automotive, agricultural and construction vehicles, machinery and plant engineering, as well as in the energy sector.

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Jonas Laubmann 3DSE

Jonas Laubmann

Jonas Laubmann is a Consultant at 3DSE Management Consultants GmbH in Munich. With more than 3 years in R&D consulting he gained a profound practical knowledge in (scaled) agile development, variant management, product lifecycle management, customer-oriented development and management of PLM introduction projects. His industry focus areas include automotive OEMs, 1st and 2nd tier suppliers as well as the transportation and the Health Tech industry.

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