Every day, designers and engineers come up with different ideas and new, innovative products. From defense to aerospace, to automotive, great companies are inspired by market demands to develop something new and improved.
For any company to successfully innovate and perform its best, it must harness the collective knowledge and experience of everyone across the company. Most product development processes move through a series of milestones or gateways, where the state of development is assessed for compliance and risks. Design reviews and sign-off events perform an essential function within a phase-gated product development process. These serialized events are important for two reasons. First, the phase-gate event provides the opportunity to review the project at a particular time or maturity within the goal to fully quantify, characterize, and plan for the mitigation of risks. Second, these events provide management with a portfolio view of progress and attainment levels across multiple projects to ensure resources are being deployed most efficiently in support of objectives and resolving problems.
Given the importance of design review, it is imperative that companies address the obstacles which block design reviews from achieving their goals. These challenges include:
- Limited availability of experts to contribute expertise and experience
- Limited time and resources available to collect evidence and prepare for the design review
- Limited time and resources available to conduct the review
- Limited capability to guarantee that identified issues and risks are pursued and mitigated
So how can Auros IQ help overcome these challenges?
Firstly, Auros IQ collects expertise in the form of bite-sized units of actionable knowledge and then readies them for efficient reuse. The unitization of knowledge unburdens teams from the need to alternately sift through voluminous document vaults or fill in the gaps of a dumbed-down checklist.
Secondly, Auros IQ will provision the correct units of knowledge to the team at the start of each process phase. This upfront knowledge provisioning has a transformational effect on the design review event, greatly increasing the availability of expertise throughout the process, and greatly reducing the likelihood that a project will require significant redesign because the risk mitigation is known upfront and continuous as the project matures through each design review process.
Thirdly, Auros IQ assists the team in applying the units of knowledge quickly and efficiently. For example, Auros IQ provides the ability for a design review team to instantly see how other teams have previously used or evaluated each unit of knowledge, including who evaluated the knowledge unit, when it was last evaluated if there were issues, and how those issues were resolved.
Fourthly, Auros IQ will automate the documentation and evidence collection that is usually required by a design review by digitally tracking the application of each knowledge unit. This automation reduces the considerable time and effort required to perform a design review. As projects and processes reuse knowledge units, interactions and evaluations are being monitored continuously within Auros IQ. The continuous evaluation process allows Auros IQ to uniquely identify issues and risks earlier in the process, reducing cost and time to market.
Auros IQ increases both the efficiency and effectiveness of design reviews by providing a robust way to collect, store, share, apply, and track the reuse of knowledge across the organization. Auros IQ helps improve the design review process by enabling everyone across the company to access the knowledge needed to make efficient and confident decisions.
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