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Design Project Management. Design Project Managers Identify tasks Make and update plans Sequence tasks Allocate time Allocate People and Resources Monitor and report progress. Six Steps in Project Planning. Step-I: Identify tasks Step-II: State task objectives and outcomes

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design project management
Design Project Management
  • Design Project Managers
    • Identify tasks
    • Make and update plans
      • Sequence tasks
      • Allocate time
      • Allocate People and Resources
    • Monitor and report progress
six steps in project planning
Six Steps in Project Planning
  • Step-I: Identify tasks
  • Step-II: State task objectives and outcomes
  • Step-III: Estimate time and personnel
    • Hofstadter’s law: “It always takes longer than you expect even if you take Hofstadter’s law into account”.
    • Who is involved, and how long it takes
planning
Planning
  • Step-IV: Develop a sequence for the tasks
    • Easiest method is a Gantt chart
  • Step-V: Estimate costs, times, resources
  • Step-VI: Evaluate and manage Risks
tasks
Tasks
  • What is a Task? (in the context of design project)
    • An activity that produces a specific result useful to project progress. Do not include
      • The means of accomplishing tasks.
      • Tasks unrelated to the project.
      • Tasks with no specific outcomes or deadlines
      • Anything that is not clearly defined
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Tasks
  • Not tasks
        • Arranging a meeting (means)
        • Having a meeting to discuss concepts (means)
        • Picking up pizza for the meeting (unrelated to project)
        • Research shock absorbers (Vague - no specific outcome)
  • Tasks
        • Developing pros and cons for 3 concepts
        • Evaluating and selecting the best concept
        • Picking up shock absorbers from shop
        • Creating a list of 3 shock absorber technologies
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Tasks
  • Task clarification activity

Information Needed to Complete

TASK

Clearly Defined Deliverables

Means to Accomplish

master plan
Master Plan
  • Every design project has a master plan with the main design process tasks*:
    • Product Design Specifications
    • External Search
    • Internal Search
    • Concept Evaluation and Selection
    • Detail Design
    • Prototyping and Testing
    • Documentation

* You can add “Project Plan” as the first step of the design process

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Master Plan
  • Often some other milestones are added to the master plan
    • Product Design Specifications
    • PDS Design Review and Report (1-15-2013)
    • External Search
    • Internal Search
    • Concept Evaluation and Selection
    • Final Concept Design Review and Report (3-1-2013)
    • Detail Design
    • Prototyping and Testing
    • 1st Prototype test and evaluation (5-1-2011)
    • Design Review and Prototype Evaluation Review (5-15-2013)
    • Documentation
lower level plans
Lower-Level Plans
  • PDS-related Tasks
    • Customer identification
    • Customer interviews
    • Development of PDS criteria and priorities
    • Defining engineering specifications (metrics)
    • Benchmarking and target selection
    • Developing HoQ
    • Writing the PDS Report
    • Reviewing the PDS Report
    • Modifying PDS Report based on sponsor feedback
task lists
TASK Lists
  • Tasks are defined by the team and usually include at least the following 5Ws:
    • What is the task
    • Who is going to do it
    • By When
    • In What format the results are to be reported
    • Why
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Task Lists
  • Task list also includes:
    • How it is done
    • How it is paid for
    • Who can assist with the task
    • Risk Assessment (What if scenarios)