Utilizing a formal design process will help provide a solid foundation for your design work and your team learning from year to year.
Here is a link to a presentation on Cyber Blue’s Design Process – DESIGN
One basic design process has 7 steps. / 1. Innovation and Opportunity / 2. Concept Development / 3. Preliminary Design / 4. Critical Design / 5. Product Realization / 6. In Service / Competition / 7. Lessons Learned
1. Innovation and Opportunity – This is the time to identify new needs and skills and develop new capabilities. This step is done in the summer and fall, before the build season begins.
2. Concept Development – Once the game and rules are known, through a process of brainstorming and determining the most important aspects of the game, a general concept can be created.
3. Preliminary Design – In this step, more detailed designs are created. Modeling, sketches and drawings allow the move to a final design.
4. Critical Design – This is a near final design step. The design is reviewed with external ‘experts’ for input, and a thorough, critical assessment is completed.
5. Product Realization – This is the step of building the robot and putting the design into real materials.
6. In Service / Competition – This is the true “test” of the design and the finished product. It is comparable to the “marketplace” for a production product.
7. Lessons Learned – This step is a look back and a review. What was good, what could be better, and what can be documented and learned. This step leads the team back to Step 1.