A schematic of the project workflow is shown below. The process leading to a functional alpha prototype is delineated by 6 major milestones: the ideas presentation; the sketch model review; the mockup review; final concept selection; the assembly drawing and product contract; and the technical review. The final presentation milestone (not shown in the figure) follows the technical review.
A team is made of lab sections that initially work in cooperative competition to generate design alternatives— they work in full cooperation only after the mockup review. Cooperative competition means the two sections will work in parallel, sharing information and coordinating resources as appropriate, but they will also develop their initial ideas independently. This is an effective way to ensure that a diverse range of ideas are investigated and increase the likelihood that there is a very strong single concept to select after the mockup review.