15.783J | Spring 2006 | Graduate
Product Design and Development

Lecture Notes

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1 Introduction (PDF - 2.4MB)

We will mainly discuss course logistics and project descriptions.

2 The Product Development Process: “IDEO”

Be prepared for a detailed discussion of the case. How would you characterize IDEO’s process? Its organization and management? Should IDEO accept the Visor project at all? Would you try to negotiate a longer lead time?

3 Project Proposals

Each student will give a 50 second presentation (Assignment 1b)

4 Identifying Customer Needs: “Sweetwater” (PDF - 2.2MB)

Be prepared for a detailed discussion of the case. What do you consider to be the most important needs associated with water purification devices such as the Sweetwater Guardian? Get information from experienced users and find out what they think. How did you get the information?

5 Customer Preferences: Conjoint Analysis (PDF - 1.1MB)
6 Industrial Design (PDF - 1.1MB)
7 Product Specifications and Concept Generation (PDF - 1.1MB)
8 Prototyping (PDF - 1.5MB) (Courtesy of Allison Rae. Used with permission.)
9 Concept Selection (PDF)
10 Faculty Project Consulting

In this class session, Teams 1 to 5 will have time to review their concepts with course faculty and team advisors. Bring your customer needs lists, target specifications, concept drawings, and any questions you have for discussion.

11 Faculty Project Consulting (cont.)

In this class session, Teams 6 to 10 will have time to review their concepts with course faculty and team advisors. Bring your customer needs lists, target specifications, concept drawings, and any questions you have for discussion.

12 Intellectual Property
13 Faculty Project Consulting (cont.)

The teams will provide some form of “proof-of-concept”. Bring a prototype to class that shows that you can overcome the key challenges of your concept.

14 Peer Concept Review

Teams 1 to 5 will give a 15-minute presentation to describe their market opportunity and selected concept and demonstrate how the will tackle their key challenges. All students must attend this session.

15 Peer Concept Review (cont.)

Teams 6 to 10 will give a 15-minute presentation to describe their market opportunity and selected concept and demonstrate how the will tackle their key challenges. All students must attend this session.

16 Product Architecture
17 Forecasting Demand for New Products (PDF)
18 Global Manufacturing and Costing
19 Design for Manufacturing
20 Trends and Tools in Product Development (PDF - 1.5MB)
21 Faculty Project Consulting (cont.)

In this class session, Teams 6 to 10 will have time to review their progress with course faculty and team advisors. Be prepared to provide an outline of your final presentation and of the remaining tasks you face.

22 Faculty Project Consulting (cont.)

In this class session, Teams 1 to 5 will have time to review their progress with course faculty and team advisors. Be prepared to provide an outline of your final presentation and of the remaining tasks you face.

23 Final Meeting Project Presentations

Final project presentations will be held approximately from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The location will be announced in class. For more details, refer to the projects section.