Tool for creating a defined task as preparation for a target-oriented idea generation process
DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Herrmann, Thorsten; Binz, Hansgeorg; Roth, Daniel
Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Knowledge and information concerning a need or a problem are important for the steps of creating solution ideas which lead to the design of successful products. However, this information is often not provided accurately, meaning that an analysis of a need or a problem does not take place properly before starting with the steps of creating potential solution ideas. A tool which will close the information gap has been elaborated and is presented in this paper. This tool functions as a problem analysis which prepares the information needed for the subsequent steps of solution idea creation within the front end of the product development process. In particular, the elaboration of the set of information needed and the way the information is elaborated, stored and transformed or – in other words – how such a problem analysis might take place is presented. As an evaluation step, the presented tool has been partially assessed by a group of experts from the engineering design sector and the applicability, usefulness and comprehensibility are confirmed.
Keywords: Problem analysis, Design process, Organisation of product development, Design management, Innovation