DELFINGEN moves forward with “The Annex”, the project accelerator created for its employees

A family business for 3 generations, DELFINGEN is a global automotive equipment manufacturer and leader in solutions for the protection and routing of electrical networks and embedded fluids. Present in 21 countries, nearly 2,500 employees work every day to satisfy the most demanding customers thanks to their capacity for innovation and operational performance.

Industry: Automobile

The challenge

In order to anticipate and meet its customers’ expectations, DELFINGEN places innovation at the heart of its concerns and makes its employees the catalyst for its growth. The creation in 2017 of the DELFINGEN ACADEMY reflects the Group’s ambition to rely on these human resources to pursue its development by promoting the transmission of know-how and the acquisition of the skills necessary to support the company’s strategy.

The framework

The Annex, DELFINGEN’s intrapreneurship program, has been designed as a real project accelerator for its employees. It includes ideation challenges to create emulation around the approach, an Open Lab to model and test new products or concepts, as well as a support program for intrapreneurs to make projects a reality. The Annex is a place and a digital platform for thinking “outside the box” on targeted themes and steered by the Group’s Management.

The collaboration with Yumana

In order to help during the two main features of ideation and acceleration of the intrapreneurship program, the digital platform of Yumana allows to:

              • Organize innovation challenges
              • Select the accelerated projects
              • Involve employees in the realization of the projects

          During the acceleration phase, the selected projects leaders are going to create missions and necessary skills to realize the project. Employees can then offer services and skills in order to realize the project. The goal ? To develop and reveal the skills of each, and to develop an entrepreneurial culture within the Group (projects management tool, agile methods, IT culture, financial culture, communication, etc.).

The results

Since July 2018, 1 challenge has been launched, nearly 20 ideas proposed, and more than 300 contributions registered.

14 projects selected for the acceleration phase
As part of the development of the Delfingen intrapreneurship program, we were looking for a solution to promote the program’s facilitation, in addition to the launch of our openlab and external partnerships. With Yumana, we have found a partner of choice, providing both an efficient technical solution and very professional support.

Pierre Le Moel, Chief Corporate Officer Asia & HR Innovation Manager, DELFINGEN

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