Design Reviews for Effective Product Development
I.D. # C0004 Duration 1 Day

Design reviews are required for ISO 9001:2000 compliance and compatible automotive and aerospace specifications. They are becoming increasingly important in product liability litigation and are accepted as a cost-effective best practice and an effective application of knowledge management, valuable for accelerating the maturity of new products.

This seminar describes how formal design reviews can improve products by uncovering potential problems before they are discovered at a later stage of development or application, when the costs of correction are much higher. A broad range of effective techniques for organizing and conducting design reviews will be presented. Specific guidance and tools to assist attendees in structuring design reviews tailored to their own company, specification, or contract requirements will also be provided. Material covered will be applicable to all types of development programs, ranging from components to complete vehicles, and for both OEMs and suppliers.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Describe the relationship of the process to concurrent engineering and knowledge management
  • Establish the requirements for a successful design review process
  • Describe the types and timing of reviews
  • Organize a typical design review
  • Conduct a review and get positive results
Who Should Attend
The seminar is designed for individuals who are involved in the development of new products and who seek to improve that process. Product development team members including, but not limited to, directors, managers, project and program managers, design, development, process, product, quality, and application engineers will find the course valuable. It is aimed primarily at engineers and managers who would be facilitating or leading such reviews, but will also benefit manufacturing, marketing and purchasing personnel.
An engineering education and experience with product development is desirable but not necessary.
Seminar Content
  • Why Design Reviews are Widely Used Today
    • Market drivers
    • Quality drivers
    • Schedule and cost drivers
    • Litigation considerations
  • What Design Reviews Are and Are Not
  • Current Specification Requirements
    • ISO 9001
    • QS9000
    • AS9000
  • Outline of the Design Review Process
    • Relation of design reviews to: concurrent engineering; integrated product development teams; knowledge management
  • Types and Timing of Reviews
    • Concept reviews
    • Preliminary reviews
    • Critical reviews
    • Production readiness reviews
    • Other types of reviews
  • Scope of Design Reviews
  • Formal and Informal Reviews
  • The Key Ingredients for a Successful Review
  • How to Organize an Effective Design Review
    • Participants
    • Invitations
    • Preparation for a review
    • Duration of a review
    • Physical arrangements
  • How to Conduct a Design Review
    • Importance of a positive tone
    • Some proven procedures, check lists, comment sheets
    • Handling problem participants
  • Closure and Follow-up
  • Reports
  • Implementation
  • Review of Experiences of Participants
Instructor(s): Angelo Mago
Angelo Mago Angelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, design engineering, document management, and customer service and improvement methods. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, quality assurance, project management working in DOD in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, Product Development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in establishing a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.
"An energetic instructor who really knows his stuff."
Gary A. Walters
Design Verification Mgr.
MTD Products, Inc.

"I have led design review meetings for about ten years, but this seminar taught me the true purpose for this tool. We should not rush through a design review meeting."
Richard Paxson
Director of Product Engineering
U.S. Tsubaki, Inc.

Fees: $765 SAE Members*: $612 - $689
* The appropriate SAE Member discount will be applied through the Registration process.  Discounts vary according to level of membership: Elite Member 20%; Premium Member 15%; Classic Member 10%
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