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.
|Title of host publication||International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness|
|Editors||Dimitri Dimitrov, Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen|
|Place of Publication||Stellenbosch|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jan 2016|
|Event||International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016: Resource Efficiency for Global Competitiveness - Stellenbosch, South Africa|
Duration: 27 Jan 2016 → 29 Jan 2016
|Conference||International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2016|
|Period||27/01/16 → 29/01/16|
- Design method
- decision making
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.