NPD Solutions

Highly experienced product development
consulting and training

New Product Development Consulting Services


Portfolio Management Consulting & Planning

Training, consulting & tools to help select a portfolio of projects to maximize value and achieve strategic objectives.

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Pipeline & Resource Management

Training, consulting and tools to manage resources and avoid overloading the pipeline slowing down all projects.

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Lean Product Development

Training and consulting in applying lean product development practices to simplify the process and reduce development time.

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Organization and System Integration

Training and consulting to better integrate the organization through cross-functional teams and to integrate product data.

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Voice of the Customer and Requirements Definition

Training and consulting to help investigate customer needs and translate those needs into product requirements with QFD.

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Target Costing & Design to Cost

Training, consulting and tools to establish a target costing process and the methods and tools to design to achieve this cost target.

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Design for Manufacturability/Assembly

Training, consulting and tools to develop a manufacturable design to achieve low cost and high quality.

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Design for Serviceability & Maintainability

Training and consulting to improve the reliability, diagnosibility & serviceability of a product design.

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NPD Process

Product Development Assessment

An assessment based on 275 best practices to identify opportunities and a plan for improvement.

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Process Definition & Improvement

Consulting and tools based on our best practice-based process to define and improve the product development process

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Design Reviews and Gate Reviews

Training and consulting to put in place a robust design review or gate review process to

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Quality Planning

Training and consulting to define the process to meet ISO 9000 requirements, establish a design for six sigma methodology or APQP process.

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New Product Development Training

DRM Associates offers an extensive range of workshops to provide practical training in new product development; best practices; design optimization; and the various methods and tools to plan, manage and support product development. These workshops are primarily held onsite at your location and often are customized to your products, process and business environment.


PD-Trak Project Portfolio Management System

A software tool to plan project portfolios, manage multi-project resources, define development processes, plan and manage development projects and support gate reviews.

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Product Development Best Practices & Assessment Software

This software tool describes 270 best practices of product development and provides a methodology to assess an organization's development process using gap analysis to focus on areas to improve.

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Product Development Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a set of tools to support product development including customer needs, QFD, concept selection, target costing, cost tracking, DFM/A, FMEA, and control plans.

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Design for Manufacturability / Assembly Guidelines/Checklists

Over 400 DFM/A guidelines cover assembly, PCB, machining, castings, sheet metal, stamping, and injection molding and form the basis to develop tailored guidelines for your organization.

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IPPD Program Assessment

This program assessment describes 180 best practices and is used a assess a major development program when under contract from another organization.

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Product Development Forum

The Product Development Forum, sponsored by DRM Associates, provides a source of information on new product development (NPD); lean product development (LPD), concurrent engineering (CE), integrated product development (IPD), and integrated product & process development (IPPD) practices; integrated product teams (IPT); management processes including portfolio management, pipeline management and project management; development methods such as VOC, QFD, DFM/A, DFS, DTC and target costing; and product development best practices.There is also an extensive new product development glossary and body of knowledge.

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