In July, we conducted a final three-day workshop to finish off our project at Daimler’s Rastatt plant. In cooperation with Haufe Akademie, our work with Daimler’s creative team had begun in May and together we worked on two separate Design Thinking challenges.
One half of the team focused on communication and collaboration within the Daimler plant, while the other half worked on a more production-based problem statement. Diving into intensive project work, the participants conducted a variety of interviews with colleagues from the production lines, in administration as well as in management and identified the most important needs. Using their findings from research, the teams developed two prototypes that went way beyond simple lego-constructions or paper prototypes.
The three-day workshop not only served as a finale for the synthesis phase but also provided room to generate new ideas based on the profound insights of the research phase. These ideas were visualized as “low-fidelity-prototypes“, while the more elaborate prototypes were tested and developed further with the help of other Daimler colleagues.
Almost 20 high-level managers joined the pitching event on day three. The main research insights and all four prototypes were presented and the event ended with a great round of applause. The plant management confirmed our impression in their inspiring final speech: Daimler Rastatt is open to new ideas and will continue to drive change!
All four prototypes will be further developed and we are looking forward to supporting the team in the future. We definitely enjoyed these past 8 weeks of working with such an open-minded creative team. We would like to thank the plant management, Haufe Akademie and of course all project and workshop participants for a successful project and the overwhelming feedback!