Currently a business student in university. Looking for assistance in finding or developing a framework for a successful automotive design season next year.
Overview of the team:
- We design, build, and race an open wheeled, single seat racecar.
- We have requirements gathering, design, build, and test phases that are iterative.
- We have 10-15 system team leaders for various aspects of the car (powertrain, drivetrain, electrical,chassis, etc.).
Just a bit of background. I joined this automotive design team last year, and noticed that the team was bogged down with myriad process-related issues. They had unrealistic deadlines, unproductive meetings, communication issues, slow and inefficient design updates, overall chaos, etc, etc.
I feel that this issue largely stems from a lack of a framework or way of approaching vehicle design...especially since no one has extensive experience in the industry or a serious interest in applying classroom knowledge to this project (as the sole business student, I feel responsible for this aspect of the team and I would love to apply some project management tools to this).
As a second year business student, I am aware of the major methodologies applied to software development like Agile and Scrum. Is there anything specific to engineering design? Where should we start in trying to improve the team for next season?