Simulating intertwined design processes that have similar structures: a case study of a small company that creates made-to-order fashion products
Eckert, Claudia M
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Wynn, D., Eckert, C. M., & Clarkson, J. (2011). Simulating intertwined design processes that have similar structures: a case study of a small company that creates made-to-order fashion products. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJPD.2011.042296
The authors use simulation to analyse the resource-driven dependencies between concurrent processes used to create customised products in a company. Such processes are uncertain and unique according to the design changes required. However, they have similar structures. For simulation, a level of abstraction is chosen such that all possible processes are represented by the same activity network. Differences between processes are determined by the customisations that they implement. The approach is illustrated through application to a small business that creates customised fashion products. We suggest that similar techniques could be applied to study intertwined design processes in more complex domains.
design customisation, concurrent projects, resource limitation, design process, simulation, make-to-order, fashion products, product design, product development, small firms, Applied Signposting Model (ASM), Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM)
The case study was carried out as part of Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion funded by the EPSRC/AHRC Design in the 21st century programme. The context of a multi-project environment was analysed as part of the EU Framework 7 CONVERGE project CP-FP 228746-2.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJPD.2011.042296
This record's URL: http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/241944