Design release best practices to hit more project deadlines

Design release processes are becoming increasingly complex. There is a lot of room for improvement for companies to hit design release targets on time. The least progressive companies have 55.3% of product development projects hit design release deadlines, while the most progressive companies are still under 70%.

Today’s smarter, more connected products include a variety of mechanical, electrical, electronics, and software components. These products need to meet tougher regulatory standards. Modern product development processes are also inherently collaborative, requiring engagement with multiple engineering domains, customers, suppliers, contractors, and other collaborators to create design deliverables.

In a typical process, engineers collaborate extensively with both internal and external stakeholders to drive superior product design. Once this iterative process is complete, the design team releases the related design deliverables to facilitate the next steps in development. Downstream operations such as manufacturing and servicing use these deliverables as critical inputs to plan their  operations. Thus, design release documents are vital and releasing them on-time is crucial.

Let’s talk about how well your design release process is working today, and how a progressive approach with product lifecycle management (PLM) software can help. Want to learn more?

Learn more about engineering design review and release by reading my eBook. Check out my past video blogs and ebooks on these topics: “ECO Process Made Easier?”  “Design Management Software,” and “Bill of Material (BOM) Management.”

To learn more about PLM for product development startup companies and manufacturers of all sizes, read Lifecycle Insights’ eBook, “The Product Development Dilemma: Five Strategies for Product Development Leaders to Satisfy Product Requirements and Meet Delivery Deadlines.“ You can also read the companion eBook, “Building Smart, Connected Products: Leading Manufacturers Reduce Product Development Challenges with These Key Technology Enablers.”

You can also read my blogs, “Product Development Project Management with SaaS PLM,” “Product Requirements Management across Domains for the Product Lifecycle” and “Product Development Startup Secrets for Success.”

The concepts, ideas, and positions of the video, blog post, and eBooks have been developed independently by Industry Analyst Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights.

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