ASQ - Innovation Division

Project Management for Research and Development: Using Tailored Processes to Assure Quality Outcomes

Abstract: The appropriate application of project management techniques can be the foundation upon which quality research and development (R&D) success can be achieved. R&D activities have an inherent ambiguity, a need for creative exploration, and often lack defined scope, milestones, and outcomes. However, implementing a tailored project management approach allows one to categorize activities, bound them, and then track progress along a defined course of action. Project management processes also provide the insight necessary to make informed decisions about R&D progress along a trajectory, to take definitive action to stop or change course, and to document and use the results of experiments and testing to make timely course corrections. Lory Wingate will be discussing the project management methods that can be employed for R&D activities to achieve optimal quality results.

Keywords: 2015 Innovation Conference

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