Identifying the Best Overall Solution by Team Based Evaluation and Decision Tactics in Conceptual Design

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Graessler, I.
Section: Industrial solutions
Page(s): 635-640


In this contribution, evaluation and decision tactics to be applied in early phases of innovative and interdisciplinary product development projects are presented. As an example, a workshop series held during conceptual design phase in the development project “proportional water valve” at Robert Bosch GmbH is taken. With the help of evaluation matrixes, the conceptual solution area is discussed in teams and narrowed down step by step. The last workshop of the series results in combining the selected sub solutions and deciding upon the final overall concept. The coordination effort invested during the workshops pays for itself in the pursuing months many times over. The solutions are thought over carefully from each discipline’s angle and furthermore represent a decision which is supported by each individual team member.

Keywords: Innovative Product Development, Concurrent Engineering, Interdisciplinary Development Teams, Early Design Phases, Matrix-Based Evaluation of Conceptual Alternatives


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