Design Process Improvement: A review of current practice / Edition 1

Design Process Improvement: A review of current practice / Edition 1

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Design Process Improvement: A review of current practice / Edition 1

There is always room for improvement in design. Maybe there is need for a better product, or for a better, more effective and economic, design process-the late delivery of new products has been shown to be the single largest contributor to the loss of company profits in the UK. Our own experience of working with automotive, aerospace and healthcare companies has shown that effective communication, management of change and process planning are essential ingredients for an effective product development process. This book aims to develop an understanding of these issues as a means to facilitate design process improvement. Part I contains a series of review articles written by a team of international experts on models of design, perspectives on design, design practice and design management. Part II provides an introduction to the wealth of academic research on these topics by presenting the activities of research centres from around the world. It is for: business leaders who want to understand the role of design management as a driver for commercial success; design managers who want to improve their company design procedures; designers who want to know how to design more efficiently; researchers who want to explore the field of design process improvement. An up-to-date source of information on design process improvement may be found at:

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781852337018
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 02/03/2005
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Review of Current Practice
Models of Design
Models of Designing
Design Planning and Modelling
Systems Engineering
Perspectives on Design
Requirements Engineering
Human Resources
Artificial Intelligence for Design Process Improvement
Thinking and Representing in Design
Design Practice
Communication in Design
Engineering Change
Risk in the Design Process
Design for X
Design Management
Engineering Knowledge Management
Quality Management
Workflow for Design
Integrated New Product Development
Product Portfolio Management
The Transfer of Methods into Industry Part II: Design Centres
University of Bamberg
University of Bath
University of Cambridge
Carnegie Mellon University
Darmstadt University of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Technical University of Denmark
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Grenoble
University of Karlsruhe
Loughborough University
University of Magdeburg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technische Universität München
University of Newcastle
Stanford University
Royal Institute of Technology, Skholm
University of Strathclyde
University Technology Partnership, Cambridge
Texas Christian University
Politecnico di Torino
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
University of Washington

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