I feel the need for this structure. It will provide a framework for planning, managing and documenting my R&D. It will break my work down into projects with clearly defined objectives and a schedule.
The key features are:
- R&D Master List - the central reference for all R&D. It includes a unique ID for each project, a title, ownership and status.
- Research Project Control Form - the quality record specific to each research project. It includes a statement of purpose, the hypotheses to be tested, motivation, prior work and proposed method. There is a target schedule. Finally there is a statement of conclusions and caveats and further work suggested.
- Development Project Control Form - the quality record specific to each development project. It includes a statement of purpose and scope and objectives together with the specification. There is a target schedule. Finally there is a statement of conclusions and further work suggested.
- Topic List - to enable the R&D history to be searched and to prevent proliferation of search terms.
Overkill? No. Currently I have hundreds of pages of hand-written notes and ideas for research and no way to effectively manage them. Research is at the heart of this effort. If I want to take it as far as I can, I have to start out right.