Overview, The DEPLOY Process

Overview: The D. E. P. L. O. Y. Process

As Albert Einstein Said: "Make things as simple as you can, but no simpler."

DEPLOY Process is a result of this thinking and my 40 years efforts at simplifying this difficult but vitally important science.

My goal for this DEPLOY FastR&D course is to get you started in just 30-60 minutes.

the D.E.P.L.O.Y. Process (Covered in This course)

I would like you to spend 15-30 minutes learning the basics of the DEPLOY Process.

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Once you have learned the basics, I would like you to "Learn by doing." So the immediate next step would be to run the "demo" example. I will help you walk through the demo. Hopefully it will take no more than 15 minutes. Maybe as little as 5 minutes.

If you have more time, I highly recommend you repeat this simplified process.

When we are learning something new, our brain connects the related neurons and creates a new wiring and an insulation layer of myelin sheath. This myelin sheath allows electrical impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells. The more we practice, thicker the myelin sheath, faster our recall.

For faster learning, build many layers of myelin.

For faster learning, experts suggest, do a new task, 3 to 5 times the first day, 2 to 3 times a day for the first week, and then at least once a week till you feel comfortable enough, and can explain to someone else, what you are doing, how you are doing it.

You may not be able to explain why, all the reasoning and technical details. But, you will be able to do that in due time with more practice, more questions and improved understanding.

So, Let us get started.

Let's Start Here:

For these Lessons, we will discuss several concepts using an example, The example I have selected is very deliberate. I would like you to for an hour or so, "suspend your thinking" in your  personal expertise area. I have chosen a food recipe, a Cheesecake recipe, most of us can relate to cooking as Chemistry. Cheesecake, is a very popular American dessert. Here is a recipe.

Original Cheesecake Recipe

There are two parts to the cheesecake -  the filling, and the crust.

Cheesecake Filling:

5 (8-oz) packages creamcheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 orange, zested
1 lemon, zested
5 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 graham-cracker crust (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat together cream cheese, sugar, flour, and zests with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, then vanilla, beat on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated, and scrape down the bowl between additions.

Put spring form pan with crust(recipe below) in a shallow baking pan. Pour filling into crust (spring form pan will be completely full) and bake in a baking pan in middle of oven 12 minutes, or until puffed. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F and continue baking until cake is mostly firm (center will stay slightly wobbly when pan in gently shaken), about 1 hour 45 minutes more.

Run a knife around top edge of cake to loosen and cool completely in spring form pan on a rack. Chill cake, loosely covered, at least 6 hours. Remove side of pan and transfer cake to a plate. Bring to room temperature before serving. 

Graham-cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups (5 oz.) finely ground graham crackers
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

Stir together crust ingredients and press into bottom and 1-inch up side of a buttered 24-centimeter spring form pan. Fill right away or chill up to 2 hours.

I have a few questions for you:

  • Is this the best recipe?
  • Is this what you or your customers want?
  • What if you wanted to get creative and make an even more delicious cheesecake?
  • How would you approach it?

If it was me, I would adopt a strategy that gives me the highest chance of discovering a better recipe, with the least amount of time and cost involved.

Let me introduce you to the D.E.P.L.O.Y. Process

To help you understand, we'll use an Analogy...

Sometimes it is very helpful to use an analogy or a metaphor to explain some new concepts. 

For our Deploy Process a good analogy is a Roadmap analogy.

New Product Development is more complicated, in three aspects:

  1. We do not have a map! Nor a GPS!
  2. We do not know what our destination is!
  3. We don't even know where we are!

But, we have to go on this journey. It is vitally important for us.

So how do we begin?

How do we create a map?

How do we create a GPS?

The D.E.P.L.O.Y. process will help us create our Map, our GPS. And...

it will help us speedup our journey!

Let us begin.

The D. E. P. L. O. Y.  Process has six steps:

  1. 1
    Define the Project
  2. 2
    Establish Reproducibility
  3. 3
    Plan and Run Experiments
  4. 4
    Linear Model Building
  5. 5
  6. 6
    Yes, Play What If ...

The next six lessons cover each of these steps.

Continue to the Next Lesson...

About Author

Mukul Mehta

Mukul Mehta has over 40 years of proven industrial experience in chemical , polymer, and plastics industry. Worked as a Sr. Manager, Statistics and Computer Aided Research for BF Goodrich Chemical, a Fortune 500 company, and then as a software entrepreneur, promoted "quantitative, predictive modeling in one minute or less as a mantra for R&D and New Product Development." Many multi-million dollar successes for dozens of Corporate R&D clients in chemical and pharma industry. Trained over 750 R&D chemists, engineers and managers to Speedup New Product Development through statistical design of experiments.

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