CLIMB Model: Toward a Maturity Assessment Model for Product Development

  • Monica RossiEmail author
  • Sergio Terzi
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 467)


Product development (PD) becomes crucial for the competitiveness, survival and prosperity of any organization. In order to deliver products successfully, companies can choose between a vast amount of best practices to apply in their innovation processes. However PD processes are still wasteful in practice. With the aim of (i) creating awareness between practitioners on the meaning of PD best practices, (ii) understanding how to measure the maturity in the use of such best practices and in order to (iii) understand the real level of application of these practices, the paper propose CLIMB: a maturity assessment model based on prevalent PD best practices in literature able to measure the maturity of companies in their PD activities. Also the paper proposes the results of an empirical data collection in 2012–2013 within the GeCo Observatory initiative in Italy, which gathered data through face-to-face interviews from more than 100 companies using the CLIMB model. The results is that the tool is effective and that more researches are needed to understand which circumstances lead the choice of certain PD best practices over others.


Product Development (PD) Product development assessment Product development maturity Assessment tool Benchmarking Maturity model Best practice Product development best practices CLIMB model 



This work was partly funded by the European Commission through DIVERSITY (GA_636692) and Manutelligence (GA_636951) Projects, as well as by the GeCo Observatory. The authors wish to acknowledge their gratitude to all the partners for their contributions during the development of concepts presented in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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