Design process improvement

A review of current practice

  • John Clarkson
  • Claudia Eckert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Claudia Eckert, John Clarkson
      Pages 1-29
  3. Design issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 30-31
    2. Models of design

      1. David Wynn, John Clarkson
        Pages 34-59
      2. Brendan O’Donovan, Claudia Eckert, John Clarkson, Tyson R Browning
        Pages 60-87
      3. Peter Buckle, John Clarkson
        Pages 89-113
    3. Perspectives on design

      1. Pericles Loucopoulos
        Pages 116-139
      2. Martina Dürndorfer
        Pages 140-157
      3. Chris Earl, Jeffrey Johnson, Claudia Eckert
        Pages 174-197
      4. Martin Stacey, Kristina Lauche
        Pages 198-229
    4. Design practice

      1. Claudia Eckert, Anja Maier, Chris McMahon
        Pages 232-261
      2. Timothy Jarratt, John Clarkson, Claudia Eckert
        Pages 262-285
      3. Chris McMahon, Jerry Busby
        Pages 286-305
      4. Harald Meerkamm, Michael Koch
        Pages 306-323
    5. Design management

      1. Ken Wallace, Saeema Ahmed, Rob Bracewell
        Pages 326-343
      2. Graham Thompson
        Pages 344-365
      3. Sándor Vajna
        Pages 366-385
      4. Jonathan Cagan, Craig M Vogel
        Pages 386-403
      5. Marco Cantamessa
        Pages 404-435
      6. Ralf Stetter, Udo Lindemann
        Pages 436-459
  4. Design research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 460-461
    2. Petra Badke-Schaub, Dietrich Dörner, Joachim Stempfle
      Pages 462-465
    3. Mogens Myrup Andreasen
      Pages 486-489
    4. Janet K Allen, Bert Bras, Farrokh Mistree, Christiaan Paredis, David Rosen
      Pages 490-493
    5. Jean-François Boujut, Jean-Claude Léon
      Pages 494-497
    6. Bill Oliver, Pratyush Sen
      Pages 518-521
    7. Laura Alessi, Marco Cantamessa
      Pages 542-545
    8. Frances M T Brazier, Niek J E Wijngaards
      Pages 546-549
    9. Robin S Adams, Jennifer Turns, Cynthia J Atman
      Pages 550-553
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 555-560

About this book


vi The process is important! I learned this lesson the hard way during my previous existence working as a design engineer with PA Consulting Group's Cambridge Technology Centre. One of my earliest assignments involved the development of a piece of labo- tory automation equipment for a major European pharmaceutical manufacturer.Two things stick in my mind from those early days – first, that the equipment was always to be ready for delivery in three weeks and,second,that being able to write well structured Pascal was not sufficient to deliver reliable software performance. Delivery was ultimately six months late,the project ran some sixty percent over budget and I gained my first promotion to Senior Engineer. At the time it puzzled me that I had been unable to predict the John Clarkson real effort required to complete the automation project – I had Reader in Engineering Design, genuinely believed that the project would be finished in three Director, Cambridge Engineering weeks.It was some years later that I discovered Kenneth Cooper's Design Centre papers describing the Rework Cycle and realised that I had been the victim of “undiscovered rework”.I quickly learned that project plans were not just inaccurate,as most project managers would attest,but often grossly misleading,bearing little resemblance to actual development practice.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Clarkson
    • 1
  • Claudia Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Design Centre, Department of EngineeringUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-701-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-061-0
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