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Project Management for R&D

Project name, description, preconditions and safety


Project name

Write down the project name on a rectangular sticky note of the medium size.


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Rectangular shape

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Try to avoid a name that is close to the final product name. If you use such a word, it tends to stick to the product under development and is very difficult to remove later. It is also a security measure to prevent outsiders from understanding what you are developing. If someone accidentally overhears a conversation or sees a document, nothing is disclosed.


Here are some alternatives used by some companies:

  • Use a word that has a strong connection to your goal statement. So, when people hear the project name, they will associate it with your goal.

  • Use the name of the day

  • Name of a constellation of stars

  • Name of a figure in a cartoon or movie star.


Project description

Write down a few critical bullets on a rectangular sticky note of medium size and add a link to a document with more information. Click the sticky note, mark some text, and click on the link icon to add a link to the document.



If applicable, write down a few key bullets on a rectangular sticky note of medium size and link the sticky note to a document with more information if necessary.

Project safety

The safety and well-being of people are always the top priority. In development, we often:

  • handle unfinished products or prototypes

  • make mockups

  • conduct testing

  • travel to customer sites

and are therefore exposed to many unforeseen risks.


Think through if:

  • necessary safety training has been done

  • everybody has the correct PPGs (personal protection gear)

  • necessary insurances are in place

  • people can travel in a safe manner.


The Covid-19 pandemic is a good example that may affect what people can do or not do. 

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