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DRM Associates provides consulting and training related to new product development (NPD). For the last 20 years, we have researched, identified and organized best practices that we bring to bear on our clients issues and needs.

We sponsor the Product Development Forum, a source of information, resources and links on NPD. Our clients frequently have complex products and development processes typified by the aerospace, automotive, capital equipment, consumer products, defense, electronics, high technology and medical equipment industries. We help improve your new product development process through implementation of best practices and lean product development practices. plan new products, and assist product teams. We can provide consulting assistance, software tools, and training such as the following:


Product Development Assessment Based on Best Practices
Design for Manufacturability/Assembly Consulting and Training
Design to Cost and Target Costing Consulting and Training
Stage / Phase-Gate Process
Implementing Lean Product Development Practices
Lean Design Consulting and Training
Team Launch and Team-Building
Pipeline and Resource Management System Implementation
Product Lifecycle Management System Implementation
Product Development Process Definition and Improvement
Product Launch Consulting and Training
Product Planning and Strategy
Portfolio Management Planning and System Implementation
Quality Function Deployment
Reducing Time-to-Market or Time-to-Profit Consulting and Training
Requirements Definition and Product Planning
Supplier Development
Supplier Integration & Supply Chain Planning
Target Costing
Value Engineering and Value Analysis
Voice of the Customer


Product Development Best Practices and Assessment (Enterprise Assessment)
Integrated Product & Process Development Program Assessment
Product Development Toolkit (QFD, Target Cost, DFA, FMEA and Control Plan Software)
Design for Manufacturability/Assembly Checklists
Download Design For Manufacturability Validation Tool
PD-Trak NPD Project and Portfolio Management System (Stage/Phase-Gate, Portfolio Management & Pipeline Management)


Complete Summary of NPD Training
Assessing and Improving Product Development Workshop
Best Practices of New Product Development Workshop
Workshop for Certified Product Development Professional
Workshop for Certified Product Development Manager
Concept Development Workshop
Critical Chain Project Management Workshop
Design for Manufacturability/Assembly Workshop
Design for Serviceability Workshop
Design for Six Sigma Workshop
Design to Cost Workshop
Design of Experiments Workshop
Engineering Project Planning and Leadership
Essential Interpersonal Skills for Technical Professionals
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Workshop
Innovation and Problem-Solving with TRIZ Workshop
Integrated Product & Process Development Workshop
Leadership Skills for Engineers and Technical Professionals
Lean Design Workshop
Lean Product Development Workshop
Lean Project Management Workshop
Managing Product Development Workshop
Mistake-Proofing by Design Workshop
Optimizing Time to Market and Efficiency
Portfolio Management Workshop
Product Launch Workshop
Project Management with Microsoft Project™ Workshop
Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Workshop
Requirements Definition Workshop
R&D Performance Measurement and KPI Systems Workshop
Robust Tolerance Analysis Workshop
Target Costing Workshop
Team Launch Workshop
Tear-Down Analysis Workshop
Value Analysis/Function Analysis Workshop
Value Management - SAVE Certified Module 1
Voice of the Customer Workshop

To obtain additional information or to discuss your consulting needs, please contact:

Kenneth Crow
DRM Associates
2613 Via Olivera
Palos Verdes, CA 90274
Telephone: +1 310 377-5569


Product Portfolio Management: Maximizing NPD Value
Presented by: Kenneth Crow, President, DRM Associates

Companies face the challenge of how to determine which new product development projects to undertake and how to maximize the value of these R&D investments. The same portfolio management concepts used for years in the financial field can be applied to product development to maximize the value of new product development activities. The specific goals of product portfolio management are: (1) maximize the value of the product portfolio, (2) seek balance in the portfolio, and (3) keep portfolio projects strategically aligned. Learn practical methods for an integrated portfolio approach to planning new products.

Audio File:
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to listen to the audio conference. Please note that the file is approximately 8MB.

To access the presentation in PDF format, click on Ken Crow: Product Portfolio Management (560KB)

Creating an Effective Gate Review Process
Presented by: Kenneth Crow, President, DRM Associates

Gate reviews are an important element of the management process for product development. Gate reviews insure that (1) a valid business case for the development project exists, (2) project risks have been adequately addressed, (3) continued investment in the product development or R&D project is warranted, (4) and that the project has a high priority relative to other project portfolio opportunities. This presentation will address the elements of an effective gate review process, a method for developing the business case for a product development project, criteria for gate reviews, and the decisions to create an effective gate review process.

Audio File:
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to listen to the audio conference. Please note that the file is approximately 12MB.

To access the presentation in PDF format, click on Ken Crow: Creating an Effective Gate Review Process (1.2MB)


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