A Comparative Analysis of the Engineering Design and Lean Start-Up Innovation Methodologies

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Deval Karia (1), Komal Shah (1), Kavyashree Venkatesh (1), Shakuntala Acharya (2), Manish Arora (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Indian Institute of Science, India; 2: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Section: Design Theory and Research Methods
Page(s): 31-40
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.4
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Innovation is a key driver for product success. Engineering design and lean start-up are prominent innovation methodologies well accepted and widely used. There is a lack of availability of pragmatic reflections for innovators to put into practice. The paper addresses this need by undertaking a comparative analysis of the two methodologies, using three case studies of medical device innovation. Directions and insights on how innovators may employ one or both approaches at different stages of their innovation are presented.

Keywords: engineering design, lean start-up, innovation, design methodology, case study

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