Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Integrated Product Development Certification
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis’ Integrated Product Development Certification is a tool for providing a structured methodology to assess and improve the current state of Integrated Product Definition (IPD) implementation. This process began in 1992 with the development of the IPD Compliance Matrix that outlined ten IPD principles and an associated rating scheme for current projects.
A survey, conducted in 1993 of employees representing six projects, yielded average scores for each of the ten IPD principles that helped identify each of the project’s potential best practices and areas for possible improvement. The questionnaire used in the IPD certification continued to evolve and presently consists of approximately 165 questions that focus on and provide measurements of:
Goals, plans, technical performance Policies, procedures, and training
Cost and schedule accountability
Teams and concurrent product/processes
Common data and tools
Process Based Management (PBM)
The IDP process is supported by a certification toolkit that consists of behavior charts for each principle, the interview questionnaire, a scoring structure, standard analysis and validation approaches, and templates for feedback reporting. The questionnaire has been administered to a large number of employees from each of the major projects and has highlighted areas of excellence and clearly defined areas for improvement. These programs are currently developing and working out improvement plans based on certification findings.
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.