Building agile design teams

DS 75-3: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13) Design For Harmonies, Vol. 3: Design Organisation and Management, Seoul, Korea 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Vignoli, Matteo; Ferioli, Gabriele; Steinert, Martin
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy; 2: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy; 3: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Page(s): 121-130
ISBN: 978-1-904670-46-9
ISSN: 2220-4334


One of the most common problem in many organizations that have reached considerable dimension and complexity is the lack of communication and collaboration between the different departments. When considering companies producing highly engineered and complex products the design communication problems can lead to cost overruns, schedule slippage, and quality problems. Using a structured multi matrix approach to analyze the existing project component staffing and team interaction we are able to identify firstly understaffed critical components interfaces, secondly instances of missing critical team interfaces and, last but not least, thirdly we are able to generate an improved team member allocation, to build an agile design team. To demonstrate the model’s practical utility we discuss a case study of a company operating in the automotive sector.

Keywords: Communication, team, design, engineering, agile


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