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An Investigation of Design Requirement Volatility, Risk and Priority in Early Stage Design Projects

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Qifang Bao, Francisco Morocz, Maria C. Yang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Sami El Ferik, Mian Mobeen Shaukat

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Paper No. DETC2015-47661, pp. V007T06A042; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2015-47661
From:
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 27th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5717-5
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME

abstract

In new product development, design requirements are a formalization of a product vision and can evolve substantially in the early stages of product design. This paper describes an empirical study of the relationships among design requirements volatility, risk, prioritization and the quality of design outcome in the context of a graduate level product development course for mid-career professionals. Among other findings, a pattern of decreasing risk of a design requirement, especially the risk of high priority requirements, was found to be a key predictor of success. The findings suggest the importance of managing design requirement risk in early stage design and the potential benefit of using risk and priority level of design requirements to monitor design project health.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Volatility , Design , Risk

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