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When it comes to agility, the Ixo team leads the way in the Home and Garden business unit

Seven members of the Ixo team in front of a graffiti-sprayed wall in their office

Faster, more efficient – and with its finger on the pulse: the Bosch Power Tools division is reorganizing its Home and Garden business unit. The role model for the introduction of agile forms of organization and work was the Ixo team, which is now launching new products even more effectively.

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A model of lego stone shows a part of the reorganization of the business unit Home and Garden

Every do-it-yourselfer is familiar with the Ixo, the versatile Bosch cordless screwdriver. The power tool is now in its fifth generation – and continues to be refined. As well as the product itself, the ways the associates behind it work and are organized have changed fundamentally. So when the entire Home and Garden (HG) business unit was reorganized, the Ixo team served as a model. The transformation process started in April 2015 with an interdisciplinary team of four people from product management, brand management, business development, and engineering.

“When we began, we had only a vague idea of how to put the concept of ‘agility’ into practice in order to arrive at better results faster. Our brief was to act like a small, independent company.”
Daniel Friedmann, spokesperson of the Ixo team at HG
Three members of the Ixo team are standing in front of the sprint board, which has a lot of notes, and discuss tasks
The sprint board: three members of the Ixo team discuss their current tasks

Helped by a coach, the new “purpose team” tried out agile working methods. It quickly became clear that there was no sense in using one approach alone. To achieve its aims of a high level of customer focus, assuming responsibility for sales and result, and the development of a future-proof portfolio, the Ixo team now makes use of an entire toolbox of modern innovation techniques, such as kanban, scrum, and design thinking.

Inspiring working conditions (IWC) in the Home and Garden business unit

The focus is on flexible working hours, telecommuting, modern IT applications, and an attractive and creative work environment.

Summary

The reorganization of the Home and Garden business unit has helped make work faster and more efficient. In addition, more attractive working conditions make associates more creative and inspired, and this also benefits customers.

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