Product Research & Development
Length: 30 - 60 mn
44 questions
R&D strengths, weaknesses and team alignment

Assess R&D key improvement drivers and team perception on them

Perform a quick scoping evaluation of your Research and Development management on :

  • Current strengths, weaknesses and challenges and ongoing action plans to improve performance
  • Research and Development Strategy, standardisation policy and innovation porfolio
  • Customer Management including requirement management
  • Contractor and Supplier Management
  • Key Research and Development processes: Change Management, Technical development, Project management
  • Research and Development improvement priorities and plan 

Get a quick scoping assessment of the overall Research and Development management enabling you and your team to:

  • identify key areas of strengths and improvements,
  • sense check how closely your organisation is faring against Research and Development best practices,
  • define initial actions : launch quick-wins, analysis further specific areas, define improvement plan... 
  • evaluate the team level of alignment about the current situation and actions to be implemented.

This evaluation is tailored for the following scope:

  • Functional scope: General management of a Research and Development department / site
  • Company type: any company with Research, Development or Engineering functions larger than 20 people
  • Industry type: all 'product' industries, both process (life-science, chemistry, agri-food, materials transformation...) and 'discrete' product manufacturing (mechanicals, high-tech, electronics, consumer or industrial goods…); the questionnaire adapt itself based upon initial questions on the industry you belong to

Who is this evaluation for:

  • Research, Development or Engineering manager, internal consultants (eg continuous improvement team) or external consultant

  • CEO, COO or other company senior manager wishing to evaluate perception and practices across their teams related to R&D or Engineering

Get a balanced view of perception with objective evaluation and taking in account both the 'hard' and 'people' aspects
Get a high level quantitative and qualitative assessment of R&D or Engineering practices
Do yourself the evaluation and / or invite participants to do it
Perform the assessment in 30 to 60 minutes through 44 specific questions
Get detailed participant feedback through open-ended questions
Compare the results of each participant
Compare the performance by zone or level of your organization (country, site, function, hierarchical level)
Choose if participants are anonymous
Languages available to each participant: French, english 
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44 questions structure across 4 categories and 16 areas to quickly assess the performance of your Research and development management. They enable to identify strengths and improvement opportunities based on high level best practices but capturing perception across the organisation.
Areas of diagnosis carefully designed to shine a light on the lifecycle of product innovation and development, from idea collection or customer needs understanding to market delivery.
Both normative questions with specific criteria and questions about personal opinions to get a balance between objective evluation and subjective perception.

Wevalgo scoping framework for Research, Development or Engineering

Scoping for Research, Development, Engineering

Questionnaire overview:

SWOT and performance management

  • SWOT: general open questions on the strenghts, weaknesses and challenges of the R&D
  • Improvement management: questions on the past and current action plans to improve overall R&D
  • Roles and responsibilities: questions on the clarity of the roles and responsibilities at different levels of the organisation
  • Steering and management: questions on how the R&D is managed through KPIs, management meetings, action plans...


Strategy and standardisation

  • Innovation strategy: questions on how the R&D strategy is defined, communicated and understood
  • Standardisation: questions on how the components or parts are standardised (for discrete product R&D) or on how the methodologies are standardised (for scientific R&D on 'process' products)
  • Technology/science and customer roadmap: questions on the identification of customer anticipated needs roadmap and on either the future technologies available (discrete product) or scientific breakthroughs
  • Innovation porfolio: questions on how the Research or Development projects (or ideas, feasibility studies) portfoilo are managed and prioritised

Development process

  • Change management: questions on the management of the internal or external change requests
  • Project management: questions on the methods used to manage product development projects
  • Technical / scientific development: questions on the usage and sharing of documented methods in each technical or science area;

Customer and supplier management

  • Customer needs: questions on how the customer needs are identified and managed through the development cycle
  • Supplier management: questions on the supplier and sub-contractor management from requirements to delivery
  • Requirements management: how the requirements, either coming from the customer or given to suppliers are managed

Improvement priorities (conclusion)

  • Priorities : what are the priorities in terms of improvement across various drivers
  • Improvement plan and benefits: action plan, key benefits and potential barriers

Specific analyses of the evaluation

A balance between objective and subjective assessments

The evaluation includes a mix of normative questions with specific and verifiable criteria, and opinion research questions.

It is a balance between objective evaluations and participants' perceptions or comments that allows to:

  • better contextualize qualitative comments through relative evaluations,
  • measure the degree of consensus among the different participants,
  • understand the reasons or collect different opinions or ideas on strengths, weaknesses, challenges, levers for progress...


    Key steps

    after purchase and activation of the service, the key steps are the following:

    1. The service manager* can directly carry out an evaluation by answering the questionnaire (optional); steps 2 to 4 are optional depending on whether he/she wishes to invite other participants to carry out the evaluation
      • If he/she wishes to invite other participants to conduct the evaluation, he/she proceeds to steps 2 to 5
      • Otherwise he/she goes directly to step 5 of viewing the results
      • He/she can still do his evaluation after the participants if he did not do it at the beginning
    2. Customisation of the service to the organisation by the service manager*
      • Service name, title and introduction for the participants invited
      • Selection of participants to the service
      • Definition of dimension to enable analysis by organisation dimension (optional)
      • Selection of anonymity option
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      • Participants answer on-line
      • The service manager can follow up the answers progress status
    5. Results available at the end of evaluations on the Wevalgo website

    * The service manager is the person who purchased the service. 

    Recommended participants for an evaluation

    For the evaluation we recommend the following participants: 

    • Research, Development or Engineering top management team
    • A few project managers
    • A few technical / scientific area managers
    • A selection of a few people outside of Research, Development or Engineering : sales and marketing, manufacturing manager...
    • In case of several geographical sites, a selection of each site managers, enabling to compare the results from the different sites

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