Quality and Reliability are Inputs, Well Before Prototype Designs

You’re at the end of your design process, proud of what you’ve accomplished. And, then come other people from other cross functional groups and they’re saying, “No.” Quality engineering and reliability engineering friends are pointing out some problems with your design.   It’s important to know that Quality and Reliability are inputs into your design process. It is not quality control…

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Risk Management in Product Development affects Other Business Systems

Project managers, sourcing or supplier management, and quality and reliability engineering: all of these functions look at risk management a little bit differently than product development functions, but designers have input into all of them. Also, some of the risk management methods from these other functions are inputs into the design process.   Business management and marketing people…

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A Systematic Approach to Innovation

When we’re trying to innovate, we can get trapped into the old thinking that the solution has to be out there somewhere. We need to think outside the box to find the solution to a problem. So, we gather up a team and start brainstorming. I mean, just think of the word, the image that word conjures up: a wild free for…

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