An Integrated Approach to Manage New Product Development Processes In The Space Industry

DS 58-5: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 5, Design Methods and Tools (pt. 1), Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Vittone, Riccardo; Montagna, Francesca
Series: ICED
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 453-464


The New Product Development (NPD) process is characterized by numerous elements of complexity and firms face varied challenges in managing it. Because of the close link with innovative processes and its inter-functional and multidisciplinary features, the NPD process needs new tools and methodologies to acquire and structure the its essential knowledge elements. These issues require an extra attention to be paid to the design and development of high technological products (like in the space sector) and call for new approaches to update and adapt methods and tools from different disciplines (Engineering Design and System Engineering, Operations Research and Management Science) to the new industrial context and to analyze the impact of these solutions on the NPD process. This paper investigates how companies can integrate different perspectives into the management of the New Product Development process when using modeling and simulation techniques as a basis. The idea is that this activity can be facilitated using a structured approach that considers modeling of product, process and organization together to support NPD process mapping, analysis and control activities.

Keywords: Engineering Design process, New Product Development management


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