June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Design in Engineering Education
A number of systems and design approaches are being taught and used in different engineering and management disciplines, and most student and practitioners involved in product development simply apply the methods and tools that they are most familiar with. As each design approach was developed for a particular context, scope, and type of problem, there is a need for additional support in selecting the most appropriate engineering design methodology. This study began with a thorough review of some of the most common approaches taught for product development: engineering design, design thinking, decision based design (DBD), systems thinking, axiomatic design, vee model, value driven design (VDD), waterfall model, spiral model, agile, total quality management (TQM), theory of constraints (ToC), six sigma, and lean manufacturing. Through this review, a number of criteria were identified to categorize and distinguish the approaches, and each approach was then assessed on each criterion to aid in comparison and evaluation of fit for any given project. Next, a decision support tool is proposed to help designers or project managers select the best methodology for their specific problems. This decision-making aid takes in information about the nature of the potential project and uses pre-defined metrics to recommend the most appropriate methodology.
Giambalvo, J. W., & Vance, J. K., & Hoffenson, S. (2017, June), Toward A Decision Support Tool for Selecting Engineering Design Methodologies Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29034
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