Edit: new title
So here’s the deal, after working in an engineering department as the only designer for almost four years, we’re finally drafting a process for product development, and the best part is…it includes design! So I’ve been slowly breaking down the “design is just sketches and stuff” walls for a while now, showing the benefits of design process and how it can help to create a product that hits the target user, and now I’ve been tasked to link the process I was taught in school/would like to follow, with a more traditional engineering (think lean, dfma pfma type stuff) process.
I have two things to go on, my training in school, which only a couple times involved engineers, but we thankfully did have a class in marketing (or at least how market research, product planning, things like that) and how to integrate that into a design process. Secondly my experience here at work, and freelancing the couple of times I’ve done it.
But at the end of the day, I don’t have any good examples of how a designer (or design department) and engineering work together on a daily basis/what that flow of work looks like.
So here are the things I’ve been tasked with drafting:
• What funnels ideas into the idea pool
• How do we assist director levels in selecting ideas and vetting them for selection as projects
• At what points do things like exploration and ideation come into the process
• How developed of an idea or concept does it have to be before engineering takes over (switch seats with me)
My major fear here is missing something, and then basically building myself into a corner later on down the road process wise. Do you all have any advice about the ins and outs of what has worked with you as far as implanting the design process into an already existing company/engineering department? Things to not do/do/watch out for?
Last edited by thecuster86
on February 15th, 2013, 3:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The details are not the details, they are the design- Eames