Towards a Guideline for the Early Stage of Product Development

  • A. Hesmer
  • H. Duin
  • K.-D. Thoben
Conference paper


Product development is highly focussed on the “value add to cost” within product generation by increasing efficiency in the physical product generation. Product testing or manufacturing activities are performed off-shore in dependency on the cost. This chapter states the importance of stretching the view within product development to the early stage in the development process where products are defined. Within this phases the corpus of product development costs are determined. In the sensitisation and support of involved employees and stakeholders for the operational work in the early development phases lies high potential for increasing the quality of the creational works’ outcome. An approach as a guideline for the early stage of product development is described and ICT tools to support located and dislocated teams within their work are introduced.


Non-specific design phase Early-stage-innovation Collaborative innovation Product development 



This work is part of the project Laboranova and has been partly funded by the European Commission under contract IST-FP6-035262. We would like to thank all partners of the Laboranova consortium and the European Commission for support.


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  1. 1.BIBABremenGermany

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