According to Mr. d’Astous, it is important to approach this type of project phase by phase. You must plan the whole project well and then focus on one step at a time. In the case of the production line automation project, he asked himself, “Do I have the confidence, and am I willing to gamble an initial $200,000? If so, then let’s go ahead and plan it properly.” Thus, phase after phase, the team set new objectives, and the project progressed to finally achieve results that exceeded expectations. On the other hand, he reminds us that risks are always associated with innovation projects and that we must be ready to assume them when we decide to embark on such a project.
Currently, many manufacturers in Quebec are falling behind technologically as SMEs have difficulty taking the leap and investing in their innovation projects.