Improved Application of Design Methodology: Taking Man-Induced Disturbances into Account
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Hinsch, Malte Sebastian; Heller, Jan Erik
Institution: Chair and Institute for Engineering Design, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Section: Design Methods
To support design engineers and managers in product development, many approaches exist. Their success most generally relies equally on man’s knowledge and ingenuity. Likewise, human attributes tend to disturb theoretically well-working approaches. The resulting quality and sustainability of product development processes is thus diminished. Suggestions to improve existing Systematic Engineering Design approaches are given after three approaches have been introduced and analyzed considering specific weaknesses. Interviews with company officials proving the relevance of this examination are summarized. Practical relevance and effectiveness of suggested solutions is demonstrated in a large field study with junior engineers. Suggestions how to improve engineering design education are given.