EVALUATING THE NEED FOR TRACEABILITIY IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: A PRILIMINARY STUDY
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Frederico Rotini
Author: Koehler, Nico; Naumann, Thomas; Vajna, Sandor
Institution: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Section: Design Methods and Tools - part 1
rated product development. For the purpose of an descriptive study, a universal questionnaire is developed in order to determine this need for traceability. The questionnaire focuses on measuring, from an engineer s point of view, the ability to follow engineering objects from the origin to the use in the final product. However, considering only the dimension of traceability isolated from its context is not sufficient. Thus, we extended the questionnaire with two new dimensions, one considering the problem solving and the other one considering complexity. Starting from theory based constructs, for each dimension we developed specific and applicable items. With the help of those items related to all three dimensions: (1) traceability, (2) problem solving and (3) complexity, we are able to statistically determine the need for traceability support in integrated product development.