Heilmeier’s Catechism

I saw this go by on a mailing list I’m on today and thought it was worth saving here for future reference

Heilmeier’s Catechism A set of questions credited to Heilmeier that anyone proposing a research project or product development effort should be able to answer.

  •    What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
  •    How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
  •    What’s new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
  •    Who cares?
  •    If you’re successful, what difference will it make?
  •    What are the risks and the payoffs?
  •    How much will it cost?
  •    How long will it take?
  •    What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._Heilmeier
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._Heilmeier#Heilmeier.27s_Catechism