Forflow - Research Association of Bavarian Research Foundation for Process and Workflow Support for Planning and Controlling the Processes of Product Development

Initial Situation

The path from idea to product is characterized by a complex interaction of people, organization, technology and methods. This can result in dead ends, development loops and other problems. In this process, developers have to choose with experience, intuition and skill the right one out of many possible ways. While there are support tools for many stages of development, they are neither compatible with each other arbitrarily nor do they allow any statements further down the process. Predefined ways, such as good structurable business processes, are not suitable for product development. Nevertheless, the creative process is not only messy, but contains solid patterns.

Project Aim

For the configurable ways from these patterns, and especially for the branches, the project should describe procedures and decision criteria. From this, the concept of a Process Navigator is designed to guide the developers at each step of the product development and support in decision-making situations.



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The Process Navigator is supposed to accelerate the development times of products that make the process more transparent and understandable, provide the developer necessary knowledge and information and thus use the know-how efficiently. The risk of mistakes is reduced.


Scientific Partner

Technische Universität München, Chair for Information Systems (Prof. Dr. Krcmar)
Technische Universität München, Institute of Product Development
Universität Bamberg, Chair of Media Informatics
Universität Bayreuth, Chair of Applied Computer Science IV – Databases and Information Systems
Universität Bayreuth, Chair for engineering design and CAD
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Chair of Engineering Technology

Business Partner

Actano GmbH, München
ArvinMeritor GmbH, Augsburg
BMW Group, München
Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen
Covum AG, Erlangen
GBTec AG, München
IDS Prof. Scheer AG, Saarbrücken
INA Schaeffler KG, Herzogenaurach
KompetenzZentrum Bau GmbH, Neumarkt
KSB Aktiengesellschaft, Pegnitz
Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG, Kitzingen
method park Software AG, Erlangen
ProDatO Integration Technology GmbH, Erlangen
Ringspann GmbH, Bad Homburg
Schnupp GmbH & Co. Hydraulik KG, Bogen GmbH, Röttenbach
SMB Schwede Maschinenbau GmbH, Goldkronach
Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen
Transtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Holzkirchen
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg

Research Funding

Bayerische Forschungsstiftung

Additional Information


Dr. Petra Wolf