Many companies experience challenges during product development. Can Design of Experiments (DOE) help in that complicated set of activities? Each section below contains a 2-minute video to expand on the topic provided.
Too often, we manage on hope
How often do we hear a design or process development team express optimism – “We are almost there!” And how long does that same response continue without progress? The key is to decide when we have tried long enough using informal methods. Predictability and confidence are important to achieve project success.
We are struggling – what should we do now?
If you are tired of hoping for things to get better, that is a good first step. Maybe the team needs more money or more people? While that might work, odds are that a new approach is what is needed. Do not throw everything away and start over. Instead, go back to the fundamentals and get an understanding of things. A DOE approach creates empirical understanding, which leads to quicker and better decisions.
We have that software – We have someone that took a class in that
A critical customer. Lost revenue. An important product launch. Those are examples of when we are brought in. The various pressures involved mean it is more than just engineering or a tool. Maybe a company can do it themselves, but when you need to be sure – that is when we are called. Of course, after seeing the results, we are brought in for a second project so the value can be obtained earlier in the cycle.