Accelerated Product Development

The Accelerated Product Development roadmap, built on a foundation of Lean and Six Sigma principles, represents a powerful and practical approach for improving product development. This approach follows a logical, methodical sequence, and addresses not only process-related elements that maximizes the benefits for a company, but also contains elements that will initiate the cultural transformation required for sustained improvement.

The roadmap is comprised of four key elements:              

Launch Elements - In order to establish the course for improving product development, it’s not only important to develop a vision for the future state, but it’s also important to understand the current environment and fundamental issues that need to be addressed. Assessing the current state and developing a plan for improvement is accomplished through Accelerated Product Development’s Baseline Assessment.

Stabilizing Elements - The initial process improvement activities emphasize the establishment of process fundamentals that are necessary for sustained improvement. Once established, these elements represent the foundation upon which additional improvements can be made. Stabilizing elements, which represent these fundamentals, include resource and workload management, reuse concepts, and process infrastructure development.

Streamlining Elements - Building on the fundamentals, these elements focus heavily on the design process and manufacturing/supply chain integration to realize further improvements related to development cycle time and cost.

Quality Elements - Utilizing product data, these elements focus on improving product quality by analyzing process variability, leveraging it to understand process capability, and then applying this knowledge to the development process.

Collectively, these elements, representing a roadmap for product development improvement, comprise the ten components of the Accelerated Product Development System:

                     • Product Development Baseline Assessment
                     • Lean Product Development Principles
                     • Resource and Workload Management
                     • Reuse Concepts
                     • Design Strategy
                     • Knowledge Management
                     • Manufacturing and Supply Chain Integration
                     • Manufacturing Process Control
                     • Design for Six Sigma
                     • Cell Design for Product Development