Design Specifications in Product Development

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Sep 26, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0910-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of design specifications in the product development process
  • Understand the principles and master the standard practises used to document customer requirements and translate them into technical and design specifications
  • Apply these principles and practises to both standard and custom product development design

The Design Specifications are the basis of the customer-supplier agreement, and they define the mandate of the design team. As a result of the necessary input from the various stakeholders, they precisely specify the customer's requirements or the market's expectations. When clear and complete, it helps avoid interpretation and subjectivity in the project review and approval process.

They provide a framework that structures and guides the design and development of the product. Revisions or changes to the requirements, the uncertainties they entail and the risks that these uncertainties cause are all managed in the Design Specifications.

A common thread running through the entire product development process is the design specifications, which enable the different stakeholders to track the status of a project and ensure design compliance. The product design can then remain focused on customer and market needs.

Course Outline:

  • Customer needs and design specifications
  • 1st level of the Specifications: Customer requirements
  • 2nd level of the Specifications: Technical specifications
  • 3rd level of the Specifications: Design specifications
  • Scope, elements and attributes of a specification
  • Methods and tools for preparing the design specifications
  • Design specifications throughout the Product Development Process (PDP)

Who Should Attend:

  • Directors and managers in engineering, R&D or innovation
  • Engineers and technical staff working in design, R&D or innovation


  • The course notes provided to participants are comprehensive and detailed, facilitating class discussion and future reference to the course content;
  • This course will include a practical example of how to apply the principles and standard practices presented;
  • This content has been presented several times in industry and as part of training institute programs. It has always been met with great success.
More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Customer Needs and Design Specifications

  • Relevance and role in product definition
  • The role of the Design Specifications in product conformity and design traceability throughout the product life cycle
  • Stakeholders in the preparation of the Design Specifications
  • The three (3) levels in establishing requirements or Design Specifications

1st level of the Specifications: Customer Requirements

  • Needs identification: formulation, categorization and prioritization

2nd level of the Specifications: Technical Specifications

  • Definition and link with customer requirements

3rd level of the Specifications: Design Specifications

  • Definition and link with technical specifications and customer requirements

Scope, Elements and Attributes of a Specification

  • From the product cradle to the product grave
  • Statement and categorization of functions and constraints
  • Prioritization, metric, target value and flexibility
  • Risks associated with a given specification
  • Best practices and pitfalls to avoid when writing Design Specifications

Methods and Tools for Preparing the Design Specifications

  • Functional analysis - internal and external: a method and a format for presenting specifications
  • Functional analysis - original format and format adapted to the particularities of the product to be developed
  • Prioritization Matrix
  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD): a tool to propagate prioritization of customer needs to specifications and product design & manufacturing
  • How to gradually implement a standard Design Specifications model into a company's projects

Design Specifications throughout the Product Development Process (PDP)

  • Design Specifications and project definition
  • Design Specifications and product configuration
  • Design Specifications and design reviews
  • Design Specifications and product documentation
  • Design Specifications and product cost control
  • Design Specifications and change management
  • Design Specifications and prototype validation
  • Design Specifications and manufacturing processes
  • Design Specifications and product data sheet
  • Revisions to the Design Specifications


Ramez Zalat, ing., M.B.A.

M. Ramez Zalat, ingénieur, M.B.A., est détenteur d'un baccalauréat en ingénierie de Polytechnique Montréal et d’une Maîtrise en administration des affaires (M.B.A.) de l'Université McGill. Il a également suivi des formations sur la démarche Lean de même que sur le Six Sigma.

Président-fondateur de la firme de consultation Manavue Inc., il conseille les entreprises depuis plus de 25 ans et les accompagne dans l’élaboration de leurs stratégies d’innovation et l'optimisation de leur performance et leurs processus d’affaires. La liste de ses clients inclut Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., Sanimax, la STM, Alstom, GE Canada, PremierTech et Vidéotron.

M. Ramez Zalat enseigne aussi à Polytechnique Montréal depuis plusieurs années (charges de cours au programme du baccalauréat ainsi qu’au M.B.A. conjoint HEC/Poly portant sur l’innovation).

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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