Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 1995


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management in Engineerng and Technology

Course Number

ETM 545


The three initials stages of the product development process of a product can be defined as research and development (R&D), design, and manufacturing. In the R&D stage, the fundamental technologies developed during the R&D stage are used to design a specific product. The product is then brought through many iterations in the design stage until a final design is selected. At this point, the product enters the manufacturing stage where the mass production of the product occurs. During these first three stages of product development process of the product, the amount of communication that is exchanged between the different groups responsible for portions of the product can have a radical effect on the efficiency of the project. There is a variety of communication approaches that are available for project teams to choose from. This paper discusses three of the variation that are in common use. These are the traditional approach, the computer integrated approach, and the fully-integrated approach.


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