UNCERTAINTY AND RISK REDUCTION IN ENGINEERING DESIGN EMBODIMENT PROCESSES
The interdependency between information requirements and lead-time reduction is a challenging issue usually addressed by collaborative and concurrent design processes. The combination of temporal issue, multi-disciplinary teams, task parallelization and fuzzy system boundaries introduces additional risks due to the need to provide and receive uncertain information. Engineers often face uncertainty. They adopt a tacit approach in assessing the quality and the maturity of information. An appreciation of both uncertainty and information maturity can influence task execution and the way tasks are solved. This paper discusses a framework that may aid robust decision-making and help in achieving smooth progress in the collaborative and concurrent engineering activities in the presence of uncertainty.