Incertitudes in design decisions: Impediments or instruments?

J. de Lange, E.J. Oude Luttikhuis, E. Lutters

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Abstract

In product development, reasoning based on information content progressively complements sheer process driven approaches. Here, the coherent set of design decisions is seen as the backbone that enables the design team to initiate, substantiate and assess the evolvement of development trajectories against the context and the requirement specification. Habitually, design decisions are seen as means to reduce uncertainty in development cycles, while implicitly disavowing or ignoring the elusivenesses of the decisions themselves. A different approach is taken here, by making the role of uncertainty, ambiguity, volatility and indeterminism in decision making explicit, both as concerns the underlying information and the process itself. For now, this does not yet overthrow the way in which products are developed, but it does substantiate an understanding of decision accuracy, reliability and sensitivity. With this, product developers are challenged to explicitly address design decisions by purposefully employing knowledge on the incertitudes inherent to product development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness
EditorsDimitri Dimitrov, Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen
Place of PublicationStellenbosch
PublisherStellenbosch University
Pages101-107
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-0-7972-1602-0
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2016
EventInternational Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Duration: 27 Jan 201629 Jan 2016

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016
Abbreviated titleCOMA
CountrySouth Africa
CityStellenbosch
Period27/01/1629/01/16

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Impediments
Product development
Uncertainty
Trajectory
Developer
Requirements specification
Decision making
Information content

Keywords

  • Design method
  • uncertainty
  • decision making

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de Lange, J., Oude Luttikhuis, E. J., & Lutters, E. (2016). Incertitudes in design decisions: Impediments or instruments? In D. Dimitrov, & G. A. Oosthuizen (Eds.), International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness (pp. 101-107). Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University.
de Lange, J. ; Oude Luttikhuis, E.J. ; Lutters, E. / Incertitudes in design decisions : Impediments or instruments?. International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness. editor / Dimitri Dimitrov ; Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen. Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016. pp. 101-107
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de Lange, J, Oude Luttikhuis, EJ & Lutters, E 2016, Incertitudes in design decisions: Impediments or instruments? in D Dimitrov & GA Oosthuizen (eds), International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness. Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, pp. 101-107, International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 27/01/16.

Incertitudes in design decisions : Impediments or instruments? / de Lange, J.; Oude Luttikhuis, E.J.; Lutters, E.

International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness. ed. / Dimitri Dimitrov; Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen. Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016. p. 101-107.

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de Lange J, Oude Luttikhuis EJ, Lutters E. Incertitudes in design decisions: Impediments or instruments? In Dimitrov D, Oosthuizen GA, editors, International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University. 2016. p. 101-107