Integrated Product and Process Development

An Interactive, Self-administered Video Series


NCAT is currently offering a 12-module video series on IPPD as a training tool for industry and government. This series is currently being used by the US Navy as part of the DoD Acquisition Reform effort to train government program managers. The series consists of 12 video modules, each approximately 50 minutes in length with a copy of presentation materials, and a workbook with questions sections for each module topic. The presentors have been chosen from academia, industry, or government organizations based upon their expertise in particular methods or tools.


This Video Series introduces a generic methodology on how to use the Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) management process and provides tool application exercises. Current case studies will provide real-world implementation examples. The objective of the series is to: (1) show participants how the IPPD process can produce affordable systems that satisfy the customer’s need in less time, and (2) provide knowledge of and experience in using tools that support the IPPD process. Upon completion of these videos and the workbook exercises, each participant should understand the fundamentals of implementing an IPPD program using integrated product teams, problem definition and evaluation methods, activity based process tools, and robust design methods for variation reduction during design.

IPPD Defined

Integrated Product and Process Development is a management methodology that incorporates a systematic approach to the early integration and concurrent application of all the disciplines that play a crucial part throughout the life cycle of a system. This process seeks to use multi-disciplinary teams to optimize the design, manufacture and support of a system through the application of quality and system engineering tools and utilizing industry best practices. In May 1995, Secretary of Defense Perry directed the implementation of IPPD throughout the DoD acquisition process. A DoD Guide to IPPD was drafted in January of 1996 and various departments of the DoD have written IPPD requirements into contracts and RFPs. Industry and academia have been developing IPPD tools and practicing Concurrent Engineering (CE) methods since 1990 in order to reduce cycle time and improve quality. The life cycle cost has proven to decrease steadily with more emphasis on quality through customer focus and robust design. Georgia Tech has been developing and teaching Concurrent Engineering and IPPD tools as part of design since 1990, and NCAT has been leading the use of IPPD for Affordability through workshops and white papers. NCAT and Georgia Tech, together with Texas Instruments expertise in Six Sigma Methods, are able to combine industry and academic experience to present lessons learned and characterize the barriers to effective implementation of IPPD.


This video series presently consist of 12 modules, with plans to add several more each year. The first two modules describe the benefits and desired decision flow of IPPD and presents a generic development methodology. The subsequent modules explain individual tools within this methodology, with three implementation case studies.

Specific Modules

A videotape with a short description of each of the modules is available for anyone interested in purchasing the series. Each series contains the twelve video modules, (approximately 10 hours of video), presentation material, and a workbook with questions, exercises, and answers.

The introductory price for these modules is $200 each, or $1100 for the series.

Contact NCAT by email or phone: (202) 371-8451.

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