Product Development Assessment

We benchmark and assess your organization’s development process against 270 best practices for product development. This assessment serves as a benchmark and identifies the highest impact opportunities for further improvement. The assessment is typically one to three weeks depending upon the organization’s size and the complexity of the development process. Prior to conducting the assessment, we review your organization chart and any other descriptive material you provide and discuss your product development environment by phone. Based on this, we typically conduct four to ten days of interviews, walk-throughs, and process reviews. Twenty-eight product development dimensions are addressed:

  • Business and Product Strategy
  • Product and Pipeline Management
  • Technology Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Early Involvement
  • Product Development Teams
  • Organizational Environment
  • Process Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Understanding the Customer
  • Requirements and Specifications Management
  • Development Process Integration
  • Supplier/Subcontractor Integration
  • Product Launch
  • Configuration Management
  • Design Assurance
  • Project & Resource Management
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • Product Cost Management
  • Robust Design
  • Integrated Test Design and Program
  • Design for Operation and Support
  • Product Data
  • Design Automation
  • Simulation and Analysis
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  • Support Technology
  • Knowledge Management

At the conclusion of the review, we offer specific recommendations and debrief your management team using our assessment forms. Where necessary, we explain certain lean product development and other concepts to your management team so that they understand why a recommended improvement is appropriate. We recommend priorities based on gap analysis (weak rating versus a strong importance of the dimension), dimensions that seem out of balance, and our experience. We can then help develop an action plan to close the gap and improve in areas related to the company’s critical success factors. We will leave a copy of our Product Development Best Practices and Assessment software with you so that you can perform on-going self-assessments. Training in this benchmarking and assessment methodology is available.

This feedback identifies specific opportunities to improve the product development process, yielding potential reductions in development/modification costs, product costs, and engineering changes, as well as potential product quality improvements and faster time-to-market. This assessment and the subsequent improvement efforts can pay for themselves many times over.

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