Modelling the planning system in design and development

M.P. De Lessio, D.C. Wynn, P.J. Clarkson

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Engineering design and development projects involve a multitude of plans in various formats. Such documents are created, used and updated throughout a project. We argue that the interactions among plan documents, their content, their stakeholders and the planning processes can be usefully perceived as a planning system. The planning system is instrumental in coordinating a design and development project and thus strongly influences how it unfolds. In this article, a survey tool is developed to assess a planning system from its stakeholders’ perspective. Results from the survey are analysed using Multiple-Domain Matrix (MDM) methodology to derive insights and suggestions for improvement. The approach is developed and demonstrated through a case study in a company that develops advanced electronic scientific instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-249
Number of pages23
JournalResearch in Engineering Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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