Abstracting complexity for design planning

Wynn, David.; Eckert, Claudia and Clarkson, P. John (2005). Abstracting complexity for design planning. In: 2nd Workshop on Complexity in Design and Engineering, Mar 2005, University of Glasgow, UK.

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This short paper is based on research carried out during an eight month case study at a large UK aerospace company. The focus of the study was to develop a more effective technique for planning the complex design processes found in the company, in order to support the development of more detailed and more accurate schedules. The paper outlines some key findings of this research, concluding with an important challenge for future work: once an appropriate level of abstraction has been identified for modelling complex design plans, how can the distributed, subjective planning knowledge be synthesized to form a coherent perspective?

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