Title: Developing agile platform assets – exploring ways to reach beyond modularisation at five product development companies

Authors: Dag Raudberget; Fredrik Elgh; Roland Stolt; Joel Johansson; Martin Lennartsson

Addresses: School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 551-11 Jönköping, Sweden ' School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 551-11 Jönköping, Sweden ' School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 551-11 Jönköping, Sweden ' School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 551-11 Jönköping, Sweden ' School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Gjuterigatan 5, 551-11 Jönköping, Sweden

Abstract: The use of a product platform has been acknowledged as a strategic enabler for product family development and mass customisation. However, many companies struggle with adopting the common platform approach building upon pre-defined modules and components as it constrains the fulfilment of unique customer requirements and a rapid introduction of new technologies. These are the conditions under which manufacturing companies acting as suppliers operates, where unique solutions are delivered to different business customers, market segments or brands. This work reports the results from case studies of platform development conducted in collaboration with five product developing and manufacturing companies. The focus of this paper is on their initial states; including how they work with their product concept before a development project is started, the character of requirements and the adoption of product platforms. The main contribution of this work is a presentation of criteria on, and identification of, new platform elements termed design assets. These are introduced as a means to enable diverse types of resources to be reused in a company and a pragmatic way to bridge the gap between the physical products and the knowledge, tools and methods needed to realise these.

Keywords: modularisation; platform; customisation; supplier; design asset; platform element; industrial collaboration; case study; engineer-to-order; ETO.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2019.104588

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2019 Vol.12 No.4, pp.311 - 331

Received: 04 Dec 2018
Accepted: 11 Jun 2019

Published online: 18 Jan 2020 *

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