Friday, 6 September 2013

Prototyping


The product development/verification phase in manufacturing used to include the manually fabricated samples at the development phase of the new products. Where products function is verified and also the visual aspects of the product are assessed.

With the advancement in technology, came the 3D prototyping which is a Rapid Prototyping phase. This is becoming more and more popular because of the speed and accuracy available.

But nowadays, the same method is widely used in the IT sector as Conference Room Prototyping (CRP).

A conference room pilot (CRP) is “to verify the software functionality and customizations prior to releasing the product to the end user”.


There are three Stages in CRP; 
  1. identification
  2. definition
  3. and execution.

Regardless of the method, prototyping are tools; for learning, for visualisations and for design improvements.

A Note about testing;

Most industries test functional requirements, capacity testing, or meeting standards. But, do not forget testing for your own benefit … testing to verify your FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis).
Every product or systems have possible failures points. Testing to verify failure effects is extremely important.

Don’t skip failure testing by taking short-cuts. Field failures will come back to haunt you with seriously costly implication.


CRP Benefits:


  1. get first hand experience of product
  2. internal staff included early in the process
  3. identify and mitigate risks earlier
  4. refine and validate requirements and use cases
  5. reduce costs
  6. no big bang or silver bullet
  7. and, demonstrate success at every stage.
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