Name:
Karl Heinz Mayer
Company:
Eaton Industries
Position:
Director of Innovation Management

Karl Heinz Mayer (Eaton Industries) about Jobs-to-be-Done and Edizon

Karl-Heinz Mayer is Director of Innovation, Codes and Standards & Program Management in EMEA’s, Power Distribution Division and member of the extended management board. Since 2009 he has been a member of the extended management team as Technical Director of Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH. Mayer is qualified as a manager for quality and holds the QII certificate from Quality Austria.
He is responsible for driving the strategy for standardization for PDD and coordinating at least 25 people within EMEA, he’s also active on national and international committees.

Project Summary:

Eaton’s initial situation was, that they had a product class with increasing price competition and small market share and were in search for differentiation from competition. The objectives were to understand the job of electricians and identify underserved needs to inform product/service development and communication. During the project we uncovered needs of electricians (on-site visits and phone interviews) with different backgrounds. We also quantified needs of electricians and prioritized 124 needs. Finally, solid opportunities were identified for new surge protection solutions from a total market perspective.

"We had a product ready and
suddenly 'the market disappeared' ".
Karl Heinz Mayer, Eaton

Even years after the ODI project Karl Heinz Mayer sees many benefits of the defined customer needs: 

“Sometimes information get lost when a company is restructured and employees switch departments. A benefit from the project with Edizon is that you don’t have any loss of the generated knowledge about the customer needs. The structured documentation of the customer needs was an important driver for Eaton to run an ODI project. We have already been working with the generated information for years.”

 

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