Today, product development and design along with supply chain management and overall cost management, are major challenges impacting the global automotive industry. The emergence of automobile manufacturers in advancing economies such as the BRIC countries, poses a threat to the European and the American automotive industry
To stay ahead in this high-pressure global scenario, it is vital to optimize internal IT operations using cost reduction techniques, to enhance customer service. Mindtree partnered with the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial transport solutions, to address speciﬁc challenges:
Mindtree conducted Mindtree Value-added Innovation, a half-day workshop leveraging the SCAN-FOCUS-ACT methodology. Our value added framework is designed to deliver open innovation and internal collaboration within teams. It focuses on addressing new generation business challenges for our customers.
The program uses a unique methodology based on an inventive model. It leverages systematic innovation techniques, problem deﬁnition and solving approaches to facilitate idea generation. In addition, it helps deliver perceptible outcomes for customers through SCAN-FOCUS-ACT phases.
The SCAN phase was used to address the three primary problem statements. This enabled the team to come up with twenty ﬁve innovative ideas. The tools and techniques deployed during the workshop were:
The SCAN phase was followed by the FOCUS phase. Our innovation team utilized this session for deploying Idea Ranking (IR) techniques. Each team addressing the speciﬁc problem-statement had to present top ideas to advance to the ACT phase.
The teams focused on qualitative improvements, using the following measures:
As part of the ACT phase, the IT program manager and the teams implemented the value added ideas, for 3-4 months. This resulted in the following: