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Planning development processes for complex products

Eckert, Claudia M. and Clarkson, P. John (2010). Planning development processes for complex products. Research in Engineering Design, 21(3) pp. 153–171.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00163-009-0079-0
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Abstract

Efficient planning of design processes is of critical importance to meet tight deadlines and budgets; and the development of process planning tools is a lively research area. This paper describes current planning practice in industry and the challenges associated with it. In industry, a multitude of plans are used in parallel each focussing on a different aspect. The units of planning and their resulting plans roughly fall into product plans considering cost, bill of materials and procurement considerations; process plans including different milestone, lead-times, task and activity plans; and quality plans. Over the course of a project, the same plan can serve as a prescriptive plan defining steps in the process, a target plan against which process is measured, and a record of the process. This paper argues that organisations work because individuals use more than one plan and have a tacit understanding of the relationships between these plans. Variations between different companies are discussed before the paper concludes with a reflection on implication for planning support.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Springer-Verlag
ISSN: 0934-9839
Keywords: process planning; empirical studies; complex engineering processes
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 23383
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 10:30
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 10:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/23383
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