This white paper outlines a production design flow and environment that leverages the experience of Synopsys Professional Services designers, a design organization that produces dozens of customer tape-outs each year. Because Synopsys customers use many different foundries and libraries, implement a wide range of design applications, support multiple points of design handoffs, and commonly function with distributed teams, our design consultants encounter the full spectrum of design- and project-related challenges of mainstream and advanced chip development.