Product Development Practices
Product development principles and drivers. Modern Innovation management: project management, market vs. technology driven approaches, the product lifecycle, R&D organizations, global R&D networks and operations, IPR management, metrics of success. Product development tools: end-user preferences and sensory engineering, statistical product design, principles of scale-up, virtual product design. Fibre product development in practice: best practice examples from fibre products industry. Laboratory exercise; practice product development: understand consumer needs, form and manage a project, apply statistical product design principles, assess success, report results. The course aims to give the students an overview of the best management and engineering practices useful for developing new fibre based products.