Our Customizable Formal Design Process

The best product development projects tend to be organized in more formal ways, each basically the same, while unique to a particular situation. The process outlined below describes the outline for this process, from which we extract the best set of steps to proceed on a specific project.


Definition Phase

  • Define Product Before Starting - Know what you will get as a result
    1. Create a Detailed Specification - Have an in depth knowledge of the Functional Operation of the proposed product
    2. Create Block Diagram - Solidify the Design Solution and make it real, while changes costs the least.
    3. Create Project Plan - Know when you will be getting what during the project and how the costs will be incurred

  • Staff the Project with the Required Skills - Know who will be doing what in critical areas
    1. Blend Internal Skills with Outside ones - Minimize your project learning curve, while getting the specific skills you really need.
    2. Select from a quality set of outside resources - Minimize your design risk on your project.
    3. Participate in the staffing process (optional) - Have confidence in the abilities of outside participants

Design Phase

  • Generate the Required Design to the Project Plan - Know how the project is progressing compared to the Project Plan
    1. Create breadboards of high risk components (if applicable) - Minimize your design risk before expending large dollars on design.
    2. Create the Design in a high quality environment - Benefit from the knowledge and experience of many previous quality designs.
    3. Design and Cost Reviews at Periodic Points - Know what is going on during this critical phase.

  • Generate the Production Prototype - Know what exactly is being created and how this compares to the plan.
    1. Participate in Vendor Selection (optional) - Know who will be potential resources for production.
    2. Design and Cost Reviews at Periodic Points - Fab and Assembly Process - Receive details of progress to milestones and cost, plus know production problem risk areas.

  • Perform Debug and Test - See the real product come alive.
    1. Observe the Integration, Debug and Test Process (optional) - Assess first hand what is going on.
    2. Design Verification Plan and Testing - Know that the product meets all of its critical design parameters.
    3. Design and Cost Reviews at Periodic Points - Receive detailed technical and cost status reports to the compared to the plan so you can keep control of time and cost.

  • Formal Product Demonstration - See the final product actually working to its target functions.

  • Generate Final Production Documentation - Receive all of the required documentation, completely updated and ready for production.
    1. Generate Production Release Plan - You know what is going to be delivered and when
    2. Design and Cost Reviews at Periodic Points - You receive detailed technical and cost status reports at this critical point.
    3. Work with your Internal Production Engineering Process - You know that the results will be usable in your manufacturing processes.

Introduce Into Manufacturing Phase

  • Release to Manufacturing - Have a detailed and final review of all documentation generated for the release. Know that the documentation meets your production requirements.

  • Manufacturing Sustaining - Receive help with engineering problems that occur during the production ramp up phase.

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