DS 48: Proceedings DESIGN 2008, the 10th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Year: 2008
Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.
Author: Gericke, K.; Schmidt-Kretschmer, M.; Blessing, L.
Section: Organizational understanding of product development
Page(s): 919 - 926


A multitude of projects fail the forecasts regarding costs, duration and customer requirements. Following the problem of deviations will be addressed with the focus on SMEs in the domain of mechanical engineering. Numerous methods and approaches are offered to improve this situation, but these approaches are basically reactive. This means actions will not be implemented until the project is already in a precarious situation. The concept of project robustness aims for proactive solutions. In this paper a framework will be developed to understand robustness in the context of product development projects. Based on this different generic approaches to enhance project robustness will be presented and discussed.

Keywords: robustness, project management, risk, uncertainty, sharedness


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