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company divisions—in design, development, configuration management, and manufacturing/production. All workers from these different departments have a direct interest in the success of this stage, and in the final product design for production and assembly. Frequent meetings between these roles and functions among department members should be scheduled to allow for a free exchange of information and a status assessment assessing the status of the product. Communication among these players in new product development will pay off down the road as the product nears final design and production transition, as well as in project review.

Figure 5-1 shows a detailed new product development process flow chart. Many of these functions will proceed in parallel, and some will be minimal, depending on the nature of the product.

It is important from a project management standpoint to schedule and control the development process. The focus should be on making task starting times since because durations and end dates will be very uncertain in the development process. The end game for management is control by monitoring progress, and making sure all work that is planned for parallel activity is coordinated. All task resources should be identified, and a core team established to work the process and pull in needed outside contractor assistance.

The schedule template for a typical new consumer product might look similar to Table 5-1.

Figure 5-1 New product development process flow.
Figure 5-1 (Continued).

TABLE 5-1 Sample Schedule Template

Task Name

Duration

Fri 6/15/07

Thu s/29/07

Thu 4/5/07

Thu 4/i9/07

Wed 4/ii/07

Thu 4/2e/o7

Wed 4/ii/07

Wed 4/ii/07

Wed 4/i8/07

Fri 4/2o/o7

Wed 4/i8/07

Wed 4/i8/07

Wed 4/i8/07

Tue 4/24/o7

Wed 4/25/o7

Fri 4/27/o7

Wed 5/9/o7

Wed 5/2s/o7

Fri 5/25/o7

Consumer Product One Development

61 days

Project Set Up for Project Review

5 days

Prototype Development i0 days

Reliability Assessment i0 days

Plan for Prototype and Production Transition

4 days

Safety and Regulatory Review: Public Policy i5 days

Preliminary Equipment Review

4 days

Configuration Management

4 days

Validate Functional Requirements

5 days

Confirm Final Product Design

2 days

Confirm Functional Requirements

5 days

Confirm Product Specifications

5 days

Validate Specifications, Requirements, and Need

5 days

Preliminary Design Review

2 days

Reliability Assessment

9 days

Confirm Reliabiilty Requirements

4 days

Prototype Design Review

2 days

System Level Design Review

8 days

Service, Logistics, and Product Support Plan i0 days

Test Plan for Design

2 days o

Duration

Fri 5/25/07

Fri 6/i/07

Fri 6/i5/07

Wed e/e/07

Tue e/5/07

Fri e/8/07

Wed e/e/07

Fri 6/i5/07

Fri e/8/07

Tue e/5/07

Thu e/7/07

Fri 6/i5/07

Mon e/ii/07

Wed e/e/07

Thu e/7/07

Wed e/e/07

Tue e/5/07

Thu e/7/07

Tue e/5/07

Tue e/5/07

Test Plan for Design

2 days

Prototype Testing

5 days

Select Commercial Suppliers and Partners io days

Component Support Document s days

Update Risk Assessment

2 days

Final Intellectual Property Assessment

5 days

Build First Article Product Prototype s days

Preliminary Market Launch io days

Create Production Process and Plan

5 days

Quality Control Plan

2 days

Production Run

4 days

Develop Field Test Protocol io days

Develop Field Test Implementation Plan e days

Update Service Plan s days

Update Business Case and Plan

4 days

Update Market Definition s days

Lock in Product Design

2 days

Supply Chain Strategy

4 days

First Article Review

2 days

Final Product and Component Design Review

2 days

Task Name

Mon 6/ii/07

Wed e/e/07

Tue e/5/07

Tue e/5/07

Final Logistics, Service, and Support Infrastructure e days

Final Market Launch Plan s days

Final Project Review

2 days

Go or No Go o days

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