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The design co-ordination framework - key elements for effective product development

Andreasean, M.M. and Duffy, A.H.B. and MacCallum, K.J. and Bowen, J. and Storm, T. (1996) The design co-ordination framework - key elements for effective product development. In: 1st International Engineering Design Debate, 1996-09-23 - 1996-09-24.

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This paper proposes a Design Co-ordination Framework (DCF) i.e. a concept for an ideal DC system with the abilities to support co-ordination of various complex aspects of product development. A set of frames, modelling key elements of co-ordination, which reflect the states of design, plans, organisation, allocations, tasks etc. during the design process, has been identified. Each frame is explained and the co-ordination, i.e. the management of the links between these frames, is presented, based upon characteristic DC situations in industry. It is concluded that while the DCF provides a basis for our research efforts into enhancing the product development process there is still considerable work and development required before it can adequately reflect and support Design Co-ordination.