Using the FF-DMM Matrix to Represent Functional Flow in Product Architecture
In the context of new product development, highly constraint multi-disciplinary systems are difficult to design and generally lead to a non optimal but acceptable solution (Seepersad et al., 2008). The design of such product implies to collaborate soon in the choice of concepts. Our industrial analysis shows that concept choice is leading to collaborative problems when a design department implies a stronger influence than others. This attitude to favor one design department decreases product performance interest. As concept evaluation is a key point in product designs, this design stage must take into account design department’s point-of-views. This article describe our approach, based on enrich representation of functional flow in DMM, for the mapping of collaboration contribution to functions.