Reviews are a key aspect to improving product design and development. Not only do reviews provide an opportunity to find errors, omissions, risks and opportunities early and often in the product lifecycle, but they also enable increased understanding and communication amongst the development team. Comments, design decisions and rationale are valuable outputs from these reviews, and yet this data is frequently not recorded and kept with the data it describes. Meeting minutes, action item lists and other review artifacts are scattered in different tools, notes, notebooks, and folders disjointed from the design artifacts.
Model based engineering solutions address this gap in knowledge management. A specific example of this is to utilize Rhapsody Design Manager (RDM) for conducting systems engineering reviews. RDM provides the capability to capture review data in the system model environment. This enables access to design decisions and rationale that are coherent throughout the product lifecycle.
RDM has been used in pilot programs at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS). The lessons learned from these RMS efforts are presented as case studies for developing continuous engineering workflows for incorporating reviews into model based systems engineering efforts utilizing Rhapsody and RDM.