Review Checklists: Final Design Review


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A checklist for the Final Design Review, the last milestone in the design process before release to pilot manufacturing.


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What this is

A checklist for the Final Design Review (FDR). The Final Design Review, part of the Quality Rapid Product Development methodology (QRPD), is held when the majority of the design work has been completed, and Development testing has occurred. One or more prototypes work well enough that, pending minor design or implementation corrections, the product is ready for approval/QA testing and Development Release to Pilot.


Why it's useful

The purpose of the Final Design Review is to give everybody one last chance to review the design and implementation and suggest minor changes ONLY if absolutely needed to meet the Vision... and then to discuss what's still left to do before Development Release to Pilot can be accomplished. The FDR is the last opportunity for optimization and adjustment before the major commitment of transfer to manufacturing for a hardware project. For a software project, the review represents the acknowledgement that it is time for final code freeze before proceeding to internal Alpha or QA testing of the software.


How to use it

The Design Review should be organized and lead by the project team leader. The team leader should use the following preparation, agenda, and follow-up suggestions as a starting point for organizing the review. This review is not just an "engineering" or development review. It should be attended by cross-functional team representatives who speak for their functional areas, ensuring that the final design meets ALL Vision requirements such as manufacturability, ease of installation, etc.


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Related Templates
Preliminary Design Review Checklist
Allows the Project Leader and team to suggest alternatives in product performance, time-to-market, product and project cost, and risks. Design should only have occurred at the sub-system and block diagram level at this point.

Detailed Design Review Checklist
Held during the Execution Phase, after a preliminary specification has been written, and sufficient detailed design work and/or simulation has occurred.

Critical Design Review Checklist
Held when a prototype exists that everyone can huddle around and constructively criticize.




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