Project Management Phases
The main phases of a project can be summarised as follows;
- Project Scope – Collate and understand customer specific requirements which determines the project ‘success criteria’. A clearly defined scope provides a greater chance of successful delivery and prevents against ‘scope creep’.
- Design Phase – Detailed design evaluation and development phase utilising simulation tools to optimise the system performance inline with customer /legislation requirements. (simulations include CAD, CFD, FEA, Acoustic, Thermal and Back Pressure modelling)
The phase also includes a risk analysis using a combination of Functional Block diagrams plus a component and Sub System DFMEA. The output from the DFMEA provides the input into the Verification and Validation Plan which will be used to provide functional sign off for the system.
Once a design has been produced and simulations indicate a good level of performance a number of prototype parts would then be manufactured to support physical testing to confirm that the original design intent has been met.
- Pre-Production Phase – Develop and introduce a capable manufacturing process that provides as an output, repeatable, consistent products that meet the design criteria. The phase will include development of all specific operating instructions, generation of all necessary process control documents such as Process Flow, PFMEA and Pre Production Control Plans.
- Production Phase – To confirm that the design output meets the design input once parts have been produced from production tooling. This is performed using a number of processes including Production trial runs, Capability Studies and controlled using Production level Control Plans.
- Customer Part approval – Sign off with the customer using PPAP.
Throughout the project timeline lessons learnt are captured and introduced into the process as a means to continually improve.