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yo wrote:It really varies on the project and the rest of your workload, but working linearly, here is the rule of thumb I use:
design research: 4-5 weeks depending on complexity
research synthesis and cross disciplinary workshop: 1-2 weeks
initial concept archetype exploration with down select session: 2-3 weeks
product concept sketching: 2 weeks
concept refinement: 2 weeks
design CAD: depends on how complex and how much internals have being worked in parallel
final design model production: 4-5 weeks
design revisions and CMF: 2 weeks
design for production: this can be long depending on where engineering is in the process but ideally 3-4 weeks
design oversight of NPD: until MP1 (typically 12 months)
Obviously other things can be done in parallel. The most intense time being up front from research to CMF documentation. Call that 3-4 months.
yo wrote:Typically after research and research synthesis I like to have a workshop that includes representatives from sales, marketing, engineering, design and executive stakeholders. I usually schedule 2-3 days for this and a week of prep ahead of time. The first half of the first day will be a read out of the research synthesis to act as a grounding set of data for the session. Then I'll have 2 days of mental activities planned to generate ideas, starting with the broadest ideas and getting down to brass tacks of what is implantable and desirable. Out of this we will output a recap document showing the agreed upon ideas to pursue.
The benefits of this are two fold, you get good alignment through every group before pen hits paper, and each group feels as if they participated in the product creation process at the very start making approvals easier down the line. In actuality I typically have a design only session to pre develop some ideas so the deck is a little stacked.