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Structural Complexity Management

An Approach for the Field of Product Design

  • Udo Lindemann
  • Maik Maurer
  • Thomas Braun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 1-20
  3. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 21-42
  4. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 43-60
  5. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 61-66
  6. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 67-78
  7. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 79-98
  8. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 99-117
  9. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
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  10. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 143-154
  11. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
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  12. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
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  13. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 189-196
  14. Udo Lindemann, Maik Maurer, Thomas Braun
    Pages 197-236
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 189-240

About this book

Introduction

Product design is characterized by a steady increase in complexity. The main focus of this book is a structural approach on complexity management. This means, system structures are considered in order to address the challenge of complexity in all aspects of product design. Structures arise from the complex dependencies of system elements. Thus, the identification of system structures provides access to the understanding of system behavior in practical applications.

The book presents a methodology that enables the analysis, control and optimization of complex structures, and the applicability of domain-spanning problems. The methodology allows significant improvements on handling system complexity by creating improved system understanding on the one hand and optimizing product design that is robust for system adaptations on the other hand. Developers can thereby enhance project coordination and improve communication between team members and as a result shorten development time. The practical application of the methodology is described by means of two detailed examples.

Keywords

Complexity management Design Structure Matrix Product development methods Systems Engineering complex systems complexity design design methods development management modeling optimization product design product development

Authors and affiliations

  • Udo Lindemann
    • 1
  • Maik Maurer
    • 2
  • Thomas Braun
    • 2
  1. 1.TU München, Lehrstuhl für ProduktentwicklungGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Teseon GmbHGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-87889-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-87888-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-87889-6
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