Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on product development from the IMechE Library. Members can follow the links to find out about accessing titles.

Product development titles

  1. Engineering Design, Planning, and Management (Elsevier, 2012)

engineering designExplores project management and creative design in the context of both established companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. 574 pages. Comprises 12 chapters including topics on design needs and concepts, project planning and management, decision making, financial aspects, meetings and communications.

This book will be of interest to product designers/product engineers, product team managers, and students taking undergraduate product design courses in departments of mechanical engineering and engineering technology.

  1. Kahn K B, The PDMA handbook of new product development (Wiley, 2013)

Offers a comprehensive and updated guide to the practices, processes and tools critical to achieving and sustaining new product/service development. 492 pages. Comprises five major sections: Preparing, Starting, Progressing, Achieving and Research (improvements in NPD). Divided into 26 chapters covering key NPD areas such as front end practice, identifying business opportunities, customer needs, intellectual property, NPD governance, portfolio management and post-launch challenges.

Aimed at engineers and marketeers working in NPD. Of most benefit to individuals and teams that already have personal experience of issues surrounding NPD.

  1. Mital, A, Product development: a structured approach to consumer product development, design, and manufacture (Elsevier, 2008)

This book covers product development from initial product concept and engineering design to design specs, manufacturability and product marketing.3-s2.0-B9780750683098X50018-cov150h

426 pages. Comprises 16 chapters covering topics such as: developing successful products, design process structure and review, materials, designing for maintenance, functionality and usability, manufacturing, market demand and selling price.

Aimed at graduate engineers, and manufacturing and marketing managers.

  1. Schlick, C, Product development projects: dynamics and emergent complexity (Springer, 2016)

978-3-319-21717-8This book is intended to allow the reader to gain a detailed understanding of the interrelationships between unpredictable performance fluctuations and the dynamics of concurrent development in an open organizational system.

365 pages. Comprises six chapters including: Mathematical modelling of co-operative work, Evalution of complexity, Model driven evaluation of the emergent complexity of co-operative work, and Validity analysis of selected closed-form solutions for effective measure complexity.

Aimed at researchers in Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management and Project Management, as well as Project Managers seeking to model and evaluate their own development projects.

  1. Karniel, A, Managing the dynamics of new product development processes: a new product lifecycle management paradigm (Springer, 2011)

Addresses the challenges and complexities related to managing New Product 978-0-85729-570-5Development (NPD) processes. Particularly explores the fact that NPD processes are unique and dynamically evolving during the process, incorporating knowledge about the product, requirements, technology, and other factors. 257 pages. This book comprises two main sections:

  • Current state of the art and enhancements of existing methods such as Design Structure Matrix (DSM) and WF-nets.
  • The Integrated Model Dynamic New-Product Development Process.

Aimed at practitioners of product development processes, such as designers, product managers, and process managers

  1. Schaefer, D, Product development in the socio-sphere: game-changing paradigms for 21st century breakthrough product development and innovation (Springer, 2014)

978-3-319-07404-7Provides a broad overview of a number of game-changing paradigms that are anticipated to reshape 21st-century product development, and the current status and practices associated with Social Product Development.

Examines how the Internet, which makes Social Product Development possible, is changing and therefore determines how Social Product Development principles will change with it. Examples of Social Product Development covered are crowdsourcing, mass collaboration, open innovation, and cloud-based design and manufacturing.

235 pages. Comprises seven chapters.

  1. Chakrabarti, A, CIRP Design 2012: sustainable product development (Springer, 2012)

Contains papers from the 22nd CIRP International Design Conference on engineering 978-1-4471-4507-3design process, methods and tools for product development.

439 pages. Comprises six broad sections: Design Theory, Methodology and Research Methodology; Creative and Inventive Design; Enabling Technologies and Tools; Global Product Development and PLM; Design For X (Safety, Manufacture, Assembly, Cost, Risk, Reliability, Modularity, etc.); and Sustainable Design and Manufacturing.

These proceedings are aimed at all stakeholders of design, and in particular its practitioners, researchers, teachers and students.

  1. Cantamessa, M, Management of innovation and product development: integrating business and technological perspectives (Springer, 2016)

978-1-4471-6723-5Addresses the issues related to innovation and product development both in business and technology. 377 pages. Comprises 16 chapters covering such diverse subjects as innovation in business and society, types, strategies and dynamics of innovation, product development process, market research and product positioning, product specification, design and redesign.

For postgraduate students in economics, business and engineering, as well as managers and entrepreneurs.

  1. Ellis, G, Project management in product development: leadership skills and management techniques to deliver great products (Elsevier, 2016)

Takes the reader though the basic elements of project management. 377 pages. 3-s2.0-C2014002878X-cov150hComprises 11 chapters under three broad headings:

  • Fundamentals: the critical path method in both the planning and execution phase
  • Leadership skills and management methods: phase-gate planning, critical chain and lean project management, lean product development
  • Advanced topics: risks and issues, patents, project reporting

Also includes helpful appendices covering project management certifying agencies and addressing problems and concerns of team members and their roles.

For new and aspiring project managers in product development.

  1. Møller, L, Creating shared understanding in product development teams: how to ‘Build the beginning’ (Springer, 2013)

978-1-4471-4180-8Provides both practical examples and theoretical explanation for the process of creating shared understanding in product development teams. 133 pages. Comprises eight chapters covering topics such as theoretical framework, cases studies from automotive, electronic and charity sectors, patterns of behaviour, the use of models to better appreciate concepts, the effects of shared and experiential concepts and a facilitation guide to address ambiguous situations.

For leaders, managers and team members seeking to improve shared understanding and collaboration in development teams.

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