DESIGNING IN A UNIVERSITY AND START-UP CONTEXT: AN ANALYSIS ON ENGINEERING CHANGE PROPAGATION

DS 84: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2016 14th International Design Conference

Year: 2016
Editor: Marjanovic Dorian, Storga Mario, Pavkovic Neven, Bojcetic Nenad, Skec Stanko
Author: Koh, E. C. Y.; Duran-Novoa, R. A.; Weigl, J. D.; Henz, M.
Series: DESIGN
Section: DESIGN ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Page(s): 1505-1514

Abstract

This paper examines the evolution of change dependencies during an electrical motorcycle design project undertaken by a start-up team. It was found that only 33% of the changes made in the project were planned and change propagation accounted for 20% of all changes made. The findings also suggest that an analysis of direct inter-component dependencies at the start of the project could have prevented (or prepared for) 67% of change propagation. Such detection rate may suffice for resource-strapped start-ups who cannot afford more advanced change analysis.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, start-ups, engineering change, change propagation

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