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    This set of forums covers the myriad of product development topics and knowledge areas to successfully deliver the product. This requires business, project and product management techniques and skills. There are sub-forums that break the content out and further sub-forum that further divide the content to help refine your search or contribution. There is a section for automotive specific tools, techniques and processes as well.

    1. The requirements are the reason for the project and development work. Requirements set the expectation for the final product. Either these are achieved or there are reasons communicated to the stakeholder to alter or eliminate specific subset of the requirements. Requirements management requires an understanding of the connection between the requirements, the project objective, and ultimately the work of the project. Requirements management includes commitment to meeting the requirements, the bi-directional trace-ability of the requirements from customer input to instantiation of the product as well as addressing requirements changes systematically.

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    2. Advanced Product Quality Planning (from AIAG) provides the framework for the development and manufacturing of a product for a vehicle. The approach describes gathering customer input, developing the product; develop the process from which the product will be built at volume; validate the product and the processes; finally launch the product Ė production.

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    3. Agile There are times when the best solution for the project strategy is agile. Agile strips away many of the processes relying instead upon the ability and talent of the team to discover, over come or circumvent the obstacles presented. Predominantly used for software, though not exclusively, agile can be a quick way to respond to the unknowns in the product development effort. This area contains, product backlog, sprint backlog, estimating techniques, burn down charts, and retrospective. This area also contains a significant level of learning organization discipline. Lean Lean consists of a set of principles and techniques often associated with efficient and cost effective manufacturing. These tools and techniques are designed to eliminate waste in whatever form it may take, from scrap or reworked material to idle time and material flow and inventory. The approach is that of continuous and incremental improvement.

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    4. Enterprise level Configuration and Data Management is a critical component of Enterpise Management, Program and Project Management, ITS, Software Management, Systems Engineering, Supply Chain Management and Contractual Requirements Management.

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    5. For an enterprise to thrive costs must be under control. There are many approaches of varying complexity available to ensure the organizationís costs are optimized. The variety of techniques allows any organization, independent of levels of complexity and sophistication to critique the cost structure and explore alternatives throughout the product lifecycle.

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    6. To ensure repeatable outcomes our organization may establish process by which the work will get accomplished. These processes take on a systems perspective and require coordination with the adjacent processes. Though there may be discovery in product development and innovation may not always follow a process or script, the subsequent work endeavor to bring the product to fruition can and should be process centric. This forum will discuss ISO and CMMI process standards.

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    7. Effective project management is necessary for any business endeavor from sales and marketing; to product design and manufacturing we will require project management. Project management is required to deliver the results of our organization, whether that is a manufacturing concern or a product development enterprise or both. In fact, the larger or more distributed or disperse the scope or participants, the more you will need project management skills.

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    8. Quality management is the practices the organization employs to meet the customer quality expectation. There are techniques and tools used to deliver a cost effective quality product. This includes quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, and quality planning. Product reliability is the quality of the product over time, and Total Quality Management is a comprehensive approach to continuous quality improvement. This forum will treat hardware and software quality techniques.

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    9. Testing and verification management are the processes and procedures to suitable critique the product (hardware or software pr embedded) or processes (production). This is risk identification and mitigation activity as it attempts to quantify quality attributes of the product that may cause concerns with the customer during application. Testing and verification is also part of project management in that the results are often used to confirm contractual obligations are met, and thereby are part of project closure. Testing and verification management contain, planning and control, analysis and design, execution, reporting and closing activities. Hardware testing may include environmental stimuli (multiple simultaneous such as thermal and vibration) as well as testing the product to the extremes of functionality.

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    10. No matter if an organization uses these terms or some other manner of saying Organizational Learning and Development (OL/OD), they are either practicing the fundamentals of these processes or they are working themselves out of business. The very reason OL/OD came about was because numerous companies found themselves in a position they knew they could not maintain if they desired to stay in business. The development and learning of the organization and itsí respective people has proven that with an understanding of people and processes an organization and itsí people can all become more. Coupling OL/OD with an understanding of why people and processes respond has also increased the effectiveness of leaders and managers and thus made like better for employees.

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