BEST PRACTICE SOURCES Company Visits Workshops Technology & Meetings Vendors BMP ConferencesProgram BEST PRACTICESLiterature Corporate Review Handbooks Panel of Telephone Experts Discussions Consulting Experience
IMPROVING PRODUCT DESIGNING How well are we Requirements Empowerment definition doing? What improvements Solids are needed? Where do we Product modeling planning Integrated start? Should we product benchmark? teams Design Early re-use involvement Product data MCAD management Design for manufacturability Resource Top-down management design Configuration management Early supplier involvement QFD Project CAE planning Analysis & simulation The Product Development Best Practices and Assessment software and methodology provide an objective way for identifying opportunities and planning improvements
IDENTIFYING CUSTOMER NEEDS Important to know their needs and effectively communicate them to the development team. Output results in: Customer needs statements Organized in a hierarchical order Each need is assigned a rating of importance
ESTABLISHING TARGET SPECIFICATIONS Specifications define what the product is supposed to do. Serves as a translation of customer needs into technical terms. Target specs are set early and refined as the team zeros in on a choice of product concept.
CONCEPT GENERATION The goal is to thoroughly explore the space of product concepts that may address the customer needs. Consists of: External searches Creative problem solving within the team Results in maybe 10 to 20 concepts, each with a sketch and brief description
CONCEPT SELECTION A process where each concept is evaluated to identify the most promising concepts. Requires several iterations and may cause additional concept generation and refinement.
CONCEPT TESTING One or more concepts are tested to verify the customer needs have been met. To also assess the market potential of the product. I.D. any shortcomings before any further development. Poor customer feedback could result in terminating a project.
SETTING FINAL SPECIFICATIONS Previous target specifications are revisited AFTER a concept has been selected and tested. The project team needs to commit to specific values of metrics for the final specifications. Technical modeling done and they look at trade-offs between cost and performance.
EVALUATION FRAMEWORK Database to compare company performance against Company Performance Industry Performance Best Database Practice0 Performance Evaluation 10
DEVELOPING AN IMPROVEMENT CONCEPT CURRENT BEST PRACTICES SITUATION GAP IMPROVEMENT PLAN What’s possible Product Business Development Strategy Assessment (Strategic What the What’s Levers) weaknesses important are 1. Assess current 3. Develop a 2. Determine situation plan to close priorities based on gap strategy & Best Practices