Managing R&D Projects - The Engineering Perspective

Course Number: P-4003
Credit: 4 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: George Petrescu, P.E., Ph.D.
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Overview

In Managing R&D Projects - The Engineering Perspective, you'll learn ...

  • The particularities of R&D Projects
  • The best way to organize R&D workflow in small, medium and large companies
  • How the Stage-Gate process is used in the Product Development process
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the Stage-Gate process

Overview

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Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 67 pages

Anyone who has participated in the execution of an R&D Project can appreciate that the uncertainties and the unknowns involved in those projects make reaching a successful outcome very difficult. This course not only identifies the pressures that R&D Projects place on the Engineering Department, but it also presents a few methods that help smoothen the processes involved, which will help increase the R&D Projects' chances of success.

The course introduces the particularities of R&D projects and presents a few methods for managing them. A few project flow charts are presented: flow charts commonly used in small to medium companies as well as the Stage-Gate process and its variations.

Some strategic tools characteristic to R&D Projects are introduced, such as the most appropriate departmental organization, approaches to managing the human factor and handling associated meetings. Decision tools that help clarify the unknowns and reduce the uncertainties that R&D Projects encounter are also introduced (optimizing the order of activities and the Plus-Minus-Interesting method). Additional tools are discussed, such as protection of intellectual property and experimental notes.

Finally, the Design of Experiments strategy is discussed, including One Factor At a Time (OFAT) and Full Factorial Design of Experiments (FFDOE), along with illustrative examples.

This course will help Engineers, Engineering Managers and Project Managers who are interested in improving their management of R&D Projects.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The particularities of R&D Projects
  • The best way to organize R&D workflow in small, medium and large companies
  • How the Stage-Gate process is used in the Product Development process
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the Stage-Gate process
  • The variations of the Stage-Gate process and when to use them
  • How to efficiently organize the Engineering Departments that execute R&D Projects
  • How to select the best team for the R&D Project and how to conduct Project meetings
  • How to optimize the order of activities in R&D projects
  • How to use the Plus-Minus-Interesting (PMI) tool to clarify the project options
  • How to deal with the paperwork, technical notes, experimental notes and patentable ideas associated with R&D Projects
  • How and when to perform One Factor At a Time (OFAT) experiments
  • How and when to perform Full Factorial Design of Experiments (FFDOE)

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 32 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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