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The 12th conference was themed “Agile Invention: Hype or Game Changer?” The Fraunhofer IPT and its Spin-off INC Invention Center once again welcomed more than 100 experts and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen on October 25 and 26, 2018.
09.00 Arrival and Get-together
09.30 Welcome

Toni Drescher, INC Invention Center and Ramon Kreutzer, Fraunhofer IPT

09.45 Why Agile Development can be a Game Changer
– Why agility matters for companies
– From Stage Gate to Lean Start-up to Agile Development and back again?
– Agility Hands-on: A product development in 35 minutes
Prof. Dr. Frank Piller, TIME-Research Area der RWTH Aachen University
11.15 Coffee break
11.30 Transformation of the construction industry: from craft to the most decentralized factory in the world
– How digital disruption will transform the construction industry over the next 10 years
– How HeidelbergCement will actively shape the transformation as a disruptor
– Practical insight on how HeidelbergCement uses venture building and start-ups as an advantage
Patric Hellermann, HeidelbergCement AG
12.30 Lunch
14.00 »New« Corporate Venturing as a catalyst for global growth of start-ups
– Why ambidexterity must be a courageous step
– How to break away from corporate structures and generate innovation momentum
– How Corporate Venturing can also achieve success in a short period of time
Robert Hardt, next47 GmbH
15.00 Don’t Be a Robot
– How evolution, (artificial) intelligence and technological change are linked
– What makes us humans adaptable
– What (technological) evolution and agility mean for corporate culture
Christoph Burkhardt, Burkhardt Group
16.15 Coffee break and Meet-the-Expert
16.45 Disruption or back to the future?
– Business opportunities for standardized LED luminaires and modules
– Market penetration through cost efficiency vs. disruptive world novelty
– Dynamics of innovation cycles and customers’ readiness in regional markets
Dirk Vanderhaeghen, Lumileds Germany GmbH
20.00 Evening event in the Uptown Sky Lounge, Innside by Meliá Aachen
08.30 Welcome coffee
09.00 Innovate agile in networks
– Why Agile Invention requires cooperation
– How companies can use networks to innovate faster using the example of the inventor factory of the RWTH Aachen Campus as an example
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer IPT / WZL der RWTH Aachen


09.45 Meet the Experts
Agile Product Development: Application Areas and Work-Practices
Discuss with Prof. Bernhard Rumpe, SE @ RWTH and Matthias Nawrocki, Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG
Moderation: Tim Wetterney and Thomas Schwarberg, Fraunhofer IPT
Alternative Development Paths: Design and Best Practices
Discuss with Dr. Stefan Thomas, REHAU AG + Co., UNLIMITED X and Nico Schön, thyssenkrupp AG, tkGarage Mobility
Moderation: Felix Lau and Florian Vogt, Fraunhofer IPT


11.30 Agile@TRUMPF
– Agile methods in the development of large-scale projects in mechanical engineering and plant construction
– Integration of agile development into established structures and the ongoing core business
– Challenges and advantages of agile development in machine and plant construction
Reiner Köttgen, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
12.15 Agile Invention: Hype or Game Changer?
– Agility as a partial solution to organizational ambidexterity
– Agile R&D versus the agile enterprise
– How an agile company could be structured
Markus Wellensiek, Fraunhofer IPT
12.45 Lunch
14.00 End of the conference

Christoph Burkhardt

Innovation Strategist & CEO
Burkhardt Group

Toni Drescher

CEO, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG
Director, INC Invention Center

Robert Hardt

Managing Director & Partner Catalyst
next47 GmbH (Siemens AG)

Patric Hellermann

Chief Digital Venture Officer
HeidelbergCement AG

Reiner Köttgen

Sr. Expert Agile Transition

Matthias Nawrocki, MBA

Sr. Manager Technology Management
Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller

Head of Chair for Technology and Innovation Management
RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rumpe

Head of Chair for Software Engineering
RWTH Aachen University

Nico Schön

Manager Innovation Strategy
thyssenkrupp AG, tkGarage Mobility

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Director Fraunhofer IPT und WZL der RWTH Aachen

Dr. Stefan Thomas

Head of Digital and Disruptive Business

Dirk Vanderhaeghen

Sr. Director Market Strategy OEM
Lumileds Germany GmbH

Markus Wellensiek

Head of department Strategic
Technology Management, Fraunhofer IPT

Agile Hardware Development

Meet fuzzy customer requirements faster and more securely

Latent and blurred customer needs present companies with challenges, especially in the early phases of development. In order to better meet these needs, highly iterative development methods from software development are increasingly finding their way into the development of physical products.

Incubators, Innovation Labs & Co.

Successfully designing alternative development paths for radical innovations

Optimizing the core business and at the same time growing in future topics often fails due to existing organizational structures. Incubators, accelerators and garage approaches allow companies to increase the speed of development beyond their existing structures.

Innovation culture

The key factor for future competitiveness

New ideas can only be successfully placed on the market if they do not fail due to internal barriers. The central tasks of management and the key to future competitiveness are to overcome such resistance and build a corporate culture that promotes innovation.

Innovation networks

Increase speed through cooperation in networks

Companies have to develop new unique selling propositions faster and faster. This often requires the development of new competencies. Membership in innovation networks and ecosystems enables companies to access the missing competencies quickly and flexible.


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The 11th conference focused on the motto “Managing Breakthrough Innovations” and included a detailed presentation of successful innovation approaches from both industrial practice and science. Fraunhofer IPT and INC Invention Center welcomed more than 150 experts and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen on October 18th and 19th, 2017.
09.30 Arrival und Get-together
10.00 Welcome
Toni Drescher
10.15 Interactive Keynote: Managing Breakthrough Innovations
– Proven and new success factors for managing radical innovation
– Case studies from various industries: Successes and failures
– Workshop: Exchange ideas with other participants and develop your learning agenda for the conference.
Prof. Dr. Frank Piller, TIME-Research Area of RWTH Aachen University
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Managing Breakthrough Innovations – More than a six in the lottery?
– Organisational and cultural requirements for courage and enthusiasm
– Making effective use of active and passive knowledge networks
– Creating customer value through simplification
Markus Wellensiek, Fraunhofer IPT
14.15 Changing digital business models in a conservative environment
– Establish new business models unerringly
– Increase customer benefit through subscription models
– Accelerate processes through collaboration
Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 From technology monitoring to enthusiastic customers
– Integrate customers into development and use usecases
– Think in system
– Making solutions understandable and feedback from customers
Frank Salg, Vaillant GmbH
16.15 Effectiveness and efficiency: development in series on the basis of standards versus agile innovation
– Targeted creation of innovative capability
– Efficient control of innovation processes
– Synthesis of creativity and processes
Dr. Daniel Spielberg, Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG
19.00 Evening Event in and Opening of the INC Invention Centers
08.30 Welcome Coffee
09.00 Lean Start-up and implications for companies
– How can you realize short development cycles and fast market entry with the Lean Startup concept?
– Which possibilities are there to use this concept in different environments, such as established companies?
– Which organizational environment can be useful to me?
Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel, TIME-Research Area der RWTH Aachen University
09.45  A Heimat for radical innovation at Bosch
– Selecting and developing radical ideas in a targeted manner
– Learning from others and exploiting synergies
– Leaving accustomed structures and creating scope for new business
Peter Guse, Bosch Start-up GmbH
10.30 Cultivating Innovation – Motivation as a basis
– Empowerment as a success factor
– Affinity to change
– Set impulses and generate drive
Jürgen Högener, Busch-Jaeger GmbH
11:15 Innovation Culture – Cultural differences between China and Germany
– Spontaneity versus Planning
– Opening innovation processes
– Innovation culture cannot be dictated
Marco Tomsu, ZTE Service Deutschland GmbH
12.00 Lunch
13.30 More Speed – less Risk
– The role of speed in risk mitigation
– The influence of planning, patience, and flexibility on large projects
– Opening up new paths and successful action between courage and fear in the face of change
Benedikt Böhm, Dynafit
14.15 The agile company
– Transformation to an agile company
– Impact on technology and product development
Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer IPT/WZL der RWTH Aachen
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Agile Management in R&D
– Agile methods create customer focus and speed
– Using personal responsibility, strengthening teams
– The changed role of the manager
Dr. Martin Watzlawek, Rehau AG & Co. KG
16.15 How ideas become innovations
– Customer Orientation: The Product Lifecycle Management Process from thyssenkrupp
– Innovation Garage: Agile innovation approaches at thyssenkrupp
Dirk Bartels, thyssenkrupp AG
17.00 End of the conference

Dirk Bartels

Head of Innovation & Qualität, thyssenkrupp AG

Benedikt Böhm

Competitive athlete and Managing Director of the brands Dynafit and Silvretta, Oberalp Group

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel

Head of Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, TIME Research Area, RWTH Aachen University

Toni Drescher

Head of Technology Management, Fraunhofer IPT
CEO, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG
Direktor, INC Invention Center

Peter Gause

CEO, Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH

Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Board of Heidelberg Services, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Jürgen Högener

CEO, Busch-Jaeger GmbH

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller

Head of Chair for Technology and Innovation Management, TIME Research Area, RWTH Aachen University

Frank Salg

Head of Technology Management & System Engineering, Vaillant GmbH

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Director, Fraunhofer IPT / WZL der RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Daniel Spielberg

Head of Innovation Management, Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG

Marco Tomsu

Head of Corporate Development & Innovation, ZTE Service Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Martin Watzlawek

Head of Strategic Corporate Development, Rehau AG & Co. KG

Markus Wellensiek

Head of Technology Management Department, Fraunhofer IPT
CFO, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG