TR198: Communicating Design Processes Effectively and Efficiently

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Industry struggles to efficiently implement design process management methodologies aimed at improving communication of design processes. Meanwhile, project information management methodologies enable efficient communication of product information but do not communicate design process information. The lack of methods for effective and efficient design process communication manifests as a struggle to effectively and efficiently: (1) collaborate within projects, (2) share processes between projects, and (3) understand processes across projects to strategically invest in improvement. These struggles motivate the paper’s first contribution: a set of metrics and accompanying test method for evaluating a design process management methodology’s ability to effectively and efficiently communicate design processes. As a second contribution, this paper applies the metrics and the test method to validate the Design Process Communication Methodology (DPCM). DPCM specifies elements and methods for exchanging and organizing digital information in the context of the design process. Results demonstrate that designers employing DPCM accurately capture processes with little effort. When collaborating, process clarity and information consistency result in little rework, and positive iteration enables consideration of multi-disciplinary design trends. Designers share processes between project teams without committing process mistakes. DPCM enables the understanding of processes providing insights into the relationships between design integration and project performance; and opportunities for strategic investment in improved processes.


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Date created July 2011


Author Senescu, ReidHaymaker, John


Subject CIFE
Subject Center for Integrated Facility Engineering
Subject Stanford University
Subject Charrette
Subject Communication
Subject Information Management
Subject Organizations
Subject Project Management
Subject Technology and Innovation Management
Subject Validation
Genre Technical report

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