Design-to-cost Toolkit

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Warrant that your organization works with the manufacturing / operation group for design to cost, design for testability, and Design for Manufacturability by reviewing product designs and ensuring product successfully transition from engineering development to manufacturing.

More Uses of the Design-to-cost Toolkit:

  • Guide: design work varies from new Product Development to product enhancements and Cost Reduction activities.

  • Establish: component level testing for performance, durability, reliability, and variability.

  • Support chassis engineering team in bringing systems from concept to production and beyond.

  • Lead: review functional specifications, project charters and competitors samples.

  • Establish: implement department action plan to grow the business and increase profitability.

  • Oversee: design validation and durability testing profile development and Data Analysis.

  • Develop and maintain fiscally sound production departmental budgets based on departmental goals and organizational needs.

  • Handle information in confidence securing for all sensitive technical and commercial data.

  • Head: review test standards, prepare designs, procure materials, collect and analyze data, prepare reports.

  • Translate Business Requirements into systems and operational specifications.

  • Lead: participation in ongoing sales training on a weekly basis during your meetings.

  • Lead monthly reconciliation of expense budgets and maintain strict cost controls to ensure adherence to budgetary limitations.

  • Orchestrate: mentor to testing leads on development projects and Technical Support personnel.

  • Collaborate work in coordination with Engineering to transform concepts and napkin sketch ideas into 3D.

  • Establish and maintain processes to manage scope throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Organize design to cost activities; track cost impact from design changes; report accordingly to design teams.

  • Control: interface with customers, suppliers and other project stakeholders pertaining to modification projects.

  • Arrange that your operation develops and delivers development programs to increase business performance and Operational Excellence.

  • Take over design responsibility from new Product Development engineers during production.

  • Prompt and monitor follow up of Quote Status, Sales Order, Commitment Dates, etc.

  • Head: monitor and communicate closely with all members of the production department during all phases of the design and build process.

  • Methodize: practice safety conscious behaviors in all operational Processes And Procedures.

  • Manage: data bases; data security; hardware and software platforms; and network set up.

  • Drive the development, implementation and administration of development activities (asynchronous and synchronous) that are driven by strategic performance needs of your organization.

  • Cost overrun, schedule adjustments, issues with vendors or vendor approval status, issues with insurance, compliance issues, etc.

  • Ensure your venture develops action plans and creates strategies and methods for establishing policy for projects.

  • Oversee each production from conceptual production meetings to closing performance.

  • Arrange that your organization recommends programs or interventions to address trends and increase team or individual performance.

  • Lead: track brand and project performance through Data Analysis by converting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and findings into specific insights and actions that add value to the business.

  • Communicate status of ongoing activities and identify needs for attention to management.


Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Design-to-cost Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step Work Plans and maturity diagnostics for any Design-to-cost related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated Design-to-cost specific requirements:

STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Design-to-cost Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a Data Driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...

STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 999 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of Process Design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Design-to-cost improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 999 standard requirements:

  1. The approach of traditional Design-to-cost works for detail complexity but is focused on a systematic approach rather than an understanding of the nature of systems themselves, what approach will permit your organization to deal with the kind of unpredictable emergent behaviors that dynamic complexity can introduce?

  2. How can you improve performance?

  3. Who is involved with workflow mapping?

  4. Think about some of the processes you undertake within your organization, which do you own?

  5. What do people want to verify?

  6. What trouble can you get into?

  7. Are the most efficient solutions problem-specific?

  8. Who is responsible for Design-to-cost?

  9. What does your signature ensure?

  10. What can you control?

Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the Design-to-cost book in PDF containing 994 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Design-to-cost self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the Design-to-cost Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Design-to-cost areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough Design-to-cost Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline Data Protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:


STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage Design-to-cost projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Design-to-cost Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Design-to-cost project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Cost Management Plan: Eac -estimate at completion, what is the total job expected to cost?

  2. Activity Cost Estimates: In which phase of the Acquisition Process cycle does source qualifications reside?

  3. Project Scope Statement: Will all Design-to-cost project issues be unconditionally tracked through the Issue Resolution process?

  4. Closing Process Group: Did the Design-to-cost project team have enough people to execute the Design-to-cost project plan?

  5. Source Selection Criteria: What are the guidelines regarding award without considerations?

  6. Scope Management Plan: Are Corrective Actions taken when actual results are substantially different from detailed Design-to-cost project plan (variances)?

  7. Initiating Process Group: During which stage of Risk planning are risks prioritized based on probability and impact?

  8. Cost Management Plan: Is your organization certified as a supplier, wholesaler, regular dealer, or manufacturer of corresponding products/supplies?

  9. Procurement Audit: Was a formal review of tenders received undertaken?

  10. Activity Cost Estimates: What procedures are put in place regarding bidding and cost comparisons, if any?

Step-by-step and complete Design-to-cost Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Design-to-cost Project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Design-to-cost project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 Design-to-cost project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan

3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log

4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 Design-to-cost project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance

5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 Design-to-cost project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned



With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any Design-to-cost project with this in-depth Design-to-cost Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Design-to-cost projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in Design-to-cost and put Process Design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make Design-to-cost investments work better.

This Design-to-cost All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.


Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.