Agenda for Preliminary Design Review Meeting


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This template provides a detailed agenda with typical timeslots for a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) meeting on a project.


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What this is

An agenda for holding a Preliminary Design Review during a project.

A Preliminary Design Review (PDR) is a review that happens in the Investigation phase of a project. A Project Vision or Project Charter has been created; the team is investigating how to meet the Vision requirements through technical or other components that will be designed and implemented during the project. The team must do this investigation to understand how to best meet the project goals for costs, schedule, and feature scope.

PDR meetings happen during this phase to allow team members to present the designs they are considering for achieving the project requirements.


Why it's useful

It is important to allow the cross-functional team to see what each design team member is considering for their element of the system, product, application, or service being created:

  • Other team members can have valuable objective input as to whether a particular design will work and whether it will truly meet requirements.
  • Since other team members are designing elements that must work together as the final project deliverable, they must have insight into other components being designed.
  • Finally, the entire team must make decisions about how to proceed on the overall project, to meet cost, schedule, and scope goals that are sometimes conflicting. Holding PDRs gives the team visibility across all elements of the project early on to aid those decisions.


How to use it

Use the steps and basic agenda in this template for planning and executing your PDR.


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