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