Full citation

Farris, J.A., Van Aken, E.M., Letens, G., Ellis, K.P., & Boyland, J. (2007). A Structural Approach for Assessing the Effectiveness of Engineering Design Tools in New Product Development. Engineering Management Journal, 19(2), 31-39.

Format: Peer-reviewed article

Type: Experience

Experience level of reader: Fundamental

Annotation: This article used two assessment instruments (Process Quality Assessment Instrument and the Output Quality Assessment Instrument) to identify the effectiveness of two new product development design tools. In this case, the assessment instruments were used to evaluate the effectiveness of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Product Preparation Process (3P).

Setting(s) to which the reported activities/findings are relevant: Large business, Small business (less than 500 employees)

Knowledge user(s) to whom the piece of literature may be relevant: Manufacturers, Researchers

Knowledge user level addressed by the literature: Organization

This article uses the Commercial Devices and Services version of the NtK Model

Primary Findings


  • Results from Process Quality Assessment Instrument and the Output Quality Assessment Instrument can provide essential information to support risk-based go/no-go decisions during NPD product life cycles.
    Single subject case study
    Occurrence of finding within the model: Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 5, Gate 6, Gate 7, Gate 8, Gate 9, Gate 1
  • Process Quality Assessment Instrument and Output Quality Assessment Instrument can be used to target specific areas for improvement in the process used to apply the design tool (e.g., involving stakeholders, adhering to the prescribed process, etc.) and the quality of the outputs of the design tool.
    Single subject case study