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EGR 507 Product Life Cycle Management
3 Credit Hours
This course covers the management of complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle. It is a broad survey of all the tools needed by the technical product manager throughout the life cycle of a complex product. The course is taught with a systems approach and from the engineering manager’s viewpoint. The product life cycle includes all aspects of managing products from launch through maturity. The course covers understanding customer needs, product design and packaging, market segmentation, pricing, sales and distribution, technical sales support, training, technical services and support, product evolution and upgrades, and management of disruption. A particular emphasis is placed on the needs of complex high technology products and related engineering services. Business topics are covered as necessary to meet the needs of the engineering manager. Students are expected to learn good communication skills.