Design of flexible product development processes - An automotive case study

DS 87-2 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Hollauer, Christoph; Frisch, Bianca; Wilberg, Julian; Omer, Mayada; Lindemann, Udo
Series: ICED
Institution: Technical University of Munich, Germany
Section: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management
Page(s): 289-298
ISBN: 978-1-904670-90-2
ISSN: 2220-4342


Structured, flexible and tailorable standard processes help companies to conduct development projects successfully. When putting them into practice major issues arise. Often, there is an inadequate documentation of these processes. An additional problem is that the project leaders do not have sufficient support through appropriate methods in order to adjust the processes to their projects. They do not have a detailed overview of all the influencing factors affecting their processes, which effects they have on the development process and how they change over time. Hence, an initial methodological procedure to determine process specific influencing factors has been developed in order to generate project specific adoptable development projects. This work covers the validation and improvement of this procedure via a case study in an OEM in the automotive sector. Furthermore, part of the influencing factors, which were conducted with the mentioned method, are presented along with a developed categorisation scheme.

Keywords: Design process, Tailoring, Process modelling, Organizational processes, Process context


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