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) practices; integrated product teams (IPT); management processes including portfolio management, pipeline management and project management; development methods such as VOC, QFD, DFM/A, target costing, etc., and product development best practices. Use the NPD Body of Knowledge as a topical index with links to resources and information. Use the search capability or select from the following resources, papers and topics:

Product Development Resources

New Product Development Body of Knowledge
New Product Development Glossary
Lean Product Development Principles and Practices
Principles of Integrated Product Development
IPPD Definition and Tenets
Product Development Training
Product Development Metrics

Improving the Product Development Process

Assuring Quality in the Product Development Process
A Balanced Approach to Establishing Metrics
Benchmarking Best Practices to Improve Product Development
Benchmarking for Product Development
Characterizing and Improving the Product Development Process
Control Your Process with Stage-Gates and Design Reviews
Optimizing Cost, Risk & Time-to-Market with a Gate Review Process
Guidelines for Reengineering Business Processes and Procedures
Implementing Integrated Product Development Practices: Lessons Learned
Improving Time-to-Market Through Planning and Resource Management
Reengineering the Product Development Process
A Strategic Approach to Product & Process Development
Product Development Strategic Orientation
Critical Chain Method of Project Management
Systems Engineering
Product Launch Checklist
Configuration Management & Engineering Change Control

Portfolio Management, Pipeline Management & Project Management

Portfolio Management
Improving Time-to-Market Through Planning and Resource Management
Critical Chain Method of Project Management
Use Overtime as a Last Resort
Kill Canceled Projects

Customer Focus and Product Planning

Customer-Focused Development with Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
Quality Function Deployment: What, Why & How?
Integrating QFD and FAST
Product Definition
QFD & Target Cost Case Study
Steps for Performing QFD
Voice of the Customer (VOC)
Focus Groups
Customer Interviews
Assessing the Feasibility of a New Product
Concept Development and Selection
Aligning Technology Development with Customer Needs
6 Secrets to a Winning Product Launch
Product Launch Checklist

Product Development Organizational Issues

Building Effective Product Development Teams
Enabling Product Development Teams with Collocation
Management Leadership: A Prerequisite for Improving Product Development
Team Leader Responsibilities
Team Charter
Team Groundrules
Effective Team Member Communication
Effective Meetings
Consensus Decision-Making

Design Optimization

Achieving Target Cost / Design to Cost Objectives
Target Costing
Value Analysis and FAST
Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Imperative
Design for Manufacturability/Assembly Guidelines
Design for Manufacturability Design Guidelines
Design for Serviceability / Maintainability
Product Support Planning and Development
Modularity and Design Reuse
Design for the Life Cycle (Testability, Reliability & Maintainability, etc.)
Design for the Environment
Advanced Product Quality Planning
Design for Six Sigma
Process Capability for Product Design
Robust Design Through Design of Experiments
Reducing Variation During Design
Variability Reduction
Quantifying Variability Using Contributions from Taguchi
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Anticipatory Failure Determination (AFD)
Mistake-Proofing by Design

Product Development Technology

Design Automation Requirements to Support Product Development
NPD Process Tools
Product Data Management
Collaborative Computing Technology
Rapid Prototyping
Product Configurators
Computer-Aided Process Planning
Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP-ISO 10303)
Product Structure and Bills of Material
Automating Product Development Management with PD-Trak

Other Product Development Resources:

Accelerating 3D Technologies
Additive Manufacturing
Bad Human Factors Design Examples
Center for Innovation in Product Development – Archives
Desktop Engineering Magazine
Electronic Design Magazine
IEEE Engineering Management Society
Innovation Excellence
Journal of Product Innovation Management Online
Machine Design Magazine
Manufacturing Net-Design
MCAD Cafe & Engineering Process Journal
Modern Machine Shop
Product Design & Development
Product Development Management Association
Rapid Today-Rapid Prototyping, Manufacturing & 3D Printing
Society of Concurrent Product Development
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
TRIZ Journal

Last updated January 15, 2020


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: Click here to listen to the audio conference. Please note that the file is approximately 8MB.

Presentation: 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: Click here to listen to the audio conference. Please note that the file is approximately 12MB.

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