Why Are My Projects Continuously Getting Delayed?

Projects can get delayed for a number of reasons, but it all comes down to where you’re spending your time and the amount of rework or redesign associated with it.

Getting from point A to point B as efficiently as possible involves meeting such targets as minimal performance, market timing and manufacturing costs. Unfortunately, as designers test ideas, adjust, start over, explore and verify, many of the answers generate more questions. The design process is clearly not a linear process, but rather a sequence of decisions and adjustments. And when problems are discovered late in the design process you will have a tough time recovering, causing your projects to get delayed.

The illustration below shows you how decision making plays a vital role in a realistic process workflow for a new virtual 3D pair of goggles.

Realistic Process Workflow for New Virtual 3D Goggles

Projects can get delayed for a number of reasons, but it all comes down to where you’re spending your time and the amount of rework or redesign associated with it.

Your latest project could be getting delayed because you’re still:

  1. Physically testing your part or product
  2. Blowing the budget with overdesign
  3. Guesstimating exactly where your part will fail

Physical Testing

Many design engineers believe, just as with hand calculations, that virtual simulation is abstract but physical testing is “real.” However, physical testing typically provides only one data point confirming that a part will pass or fail under a single set of conditions. If you want to learn where the part will break next, if the failure would have been imminent had the test loading been slightly higher or if a part will break at the same place given another sample built with material properties or dimensions at a different place in the tolerance range, you will need to continuously put more valuable time and money into new designs and new prototypes until you get it just right.

As your product works its way down the development cycle passing through design, design approvals, ordering materials and material lead time, and then manufacturing, your deadline is quickly approaching and you still aren’t 100% sure if your product is fully functional yet.

Then you need to run a series of physical tests to determine if the product will fail. You may need to repeat this process again and again until you get your product just where you want it to be. Physical testing devours your material costs and time, and being caught off-guard when something fails can throw a giant wrench into your future plans because now you’ve got to go back and rework the design yet again!

Overdesigning

Many companies today still fall victim to the paradigm of overdesigning a part to meet a deadline. The reason overdesigning products is inefficient is because the cost of the materials rise significantly – blowing the budget – and destroying your company’s margins. Your company now has the choice of either eating that high cost of production or sending it back to you for redesign.

Guesstimating

Do you spend too much time trying to determine exactly where your part will fail?  Going through design after design to figure it out, still without 100% accuracy, seizes countless hours of your day that you could be spending on new projects.  With better design insight and the ability to see these failures before your part makes it to manufacturing helps you make more informed decisions and gives you the ability to set your product warranties with infallible accuracy.

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Linear Design Validation Process With SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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