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Project Management for Engineering Design by Charles Lessard

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Engineering Design

The engineering design process is similar to problem-solving processes taught in engineering colleges. Most commercial products begin by identifying the commercial market needs of some novel “ideas,” which may impact some commercial market. Hence, the first steps in a product design may include

1.  novel idea, or potential market needs,

2.  forming a team, since most complex problems or products are not developed by a single individual,

3.  development of generalized broad product requirements:

a. Generally, user requirements may not be technical; e.g., a doctor wants to monitor temperature, or a veterinarian wants to remove purring sound from a stethoscope so he can hear the cat’s heart valve sounds. ...

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