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Agree on Terms - hur projektledaren kan stärka arbetet mellan industridesigners och konstruktörer inom produktutvecklingsprojekt

Olausson, Stefan and Wittskog, Andreas (2009) MMK920
Product Development
Abstract
With increasing demands on consumer products, attempts have been made to integrate
all aspects of the product by the use of Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) in product
development work. However, research has shown that this integration often fails to reach
its full potential.

Considering the interdisciplinary interaction between industrial designers and
engineering designers in CFTs, barriers preventing successful cooperation have been
found, but little has been done to offer ways of overcoming them.
The purpose of this study is to analyze New Product Development-projects, focusing on
Industrial Designers and Mechanical Engineers, and the status of their cooperation. The
study aims to present a concrete, implementable... (More)
With increasing demands on consumer products, attempts have been made to integrate
all aspects of the product by the use of Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) in product
development work. However, research has shown that this integration often fails to reach
its full potential.

Considering the interdisciplinary interaction between industrial designers and
engineering designers in CFTs, barriers preventing successful cooperation have been
found, but little has been done to offer ways of overcoming them.
The purpose of this study is to analyze New Product Development-projects, focusing on
Industrial Designers and Mechanical Engineers, and the status of their cooperation. The
study aims to present a concrete, implementable proposal showing how the Project
Manager can act to help the disciplines overcome existing barriers and thereby strengthen the cooperation between them.

The study was carried out in three parts:
- Literature studies, with the purpose of creating an overall view of the research area, and, which led to the creation of the study’s theoretical frame of reference.
- Status analysis, which, by interviews and observations at a case study company,
showed barriers within the areas of; Holistic view, Perspective, Communication,
Commitment, Trust, Physical setting and Group composition.
- Interpretation of results/Creation of guidelines/methods/tools, resulting in the proposal Agree on terms, with the purpose of stimulating joint discussions, held by the project manager, regarding the product proposition in the early stages of the product
development project. This makes the disciplines share opinions, perspectives and
engage in joint activities at an early stage, which creates a strong holistic view and
assures a high level of cooperation throughout the project.

The proposal Agree on terms is divided into three parts: Brief, Proposition discussion and Pre-Concept Kick-off. However, focus is put on the Proposition discussion, scheduled for an entire day where the key players of the initial phase of the project, the concept study, meet to discuss the product proposition. The outcome of the discussion is a function analysis, providing a hierarchic order with clear definitions of the product’s key aspects. The function analysis is inserted into the product’s list of requirements and introduced to all members of the project in order to make sure that the holistic view of the product, and the project, is shared and maintained by everyone throughout the entire project. (Less)
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author
Olausson, Stefan and Wittskog, Andreas
supervisor
organization
course
MMK920
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
industrial/engineering design, Interdisciplinary interaction, CFTs, NPD
language
Swedish
id
1496311
date added to LUP
2009-10-27 08:59:51
date last changed
2010-02-01 14:40:04
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  abstract     = {With increasing demands on consumer products, attempts have been made to integrate 
all aspects of the product by the use of  Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) in product 
development work. However, research has shown that this integration often fails to reach 
its full potential.  

Considering the interdisciplinary interaction between industrial designers and 
engineering designers in CFTs, barriers preventing successful cooperation have been 
found, but little has been done to offer ways of overcoming them. 
The purpose of this study is to analyze New Product Development-projects, focusing on 
Industrial Designers and Mechanical Engineers, and the status of their cooperation. The 
study aims to present a concrete, implementable proposal showing how the Project 
Manager can act to help the disciplines overcome existing barriers and thereby strengthen the cooperation between them. 

The study was carried out in three parts: 
-  Literature studies, with the purpose of creating an overall view of the research area, and, which led to the creation of the study’s theoretical frame of reference. 
-  Status analysis, which, by interviews and observations at a case study company, 
showed barriers within the areas of;  Holistic view, Perspective, Communication, 
Commitment, Trust, Physical setting and Group composition.  
-  Interpretation of results/Creation of guidelines/methods/tools, resulting in the proposal Agree on terms, with the purpose of stimulating joint discussions, held by the project manager, regarding the product proposition in the early stages of the product 
development project. This makes the disciplines share opinions, perspectives and 
engage in joint activities at an early stage, which creates a strong holistic view and 
assures a high level of cooperation throughout the project.  

The proposal Agree on terms is divided into three parts: Brief, Proposition discussion and Pre-Concept Kick-off. However, focus is put on the Proposition discussion, scheduled for an entire day where the key players of the initial phase of the project, the concept study, meet to discuss the product proposition. The outcome of the discussion is a function analysis, providing a hierarchic order with clear definitions of the product’s key aspects. The function analysis is inserted into the product’s list of requirements and introduced to all members of the project in order to make sure that the holistic view of the product, and the project, is shared and maintained by everyone throughout the entire project.},
  author       = {Olausson, Stefan and Wittskog, Andreas},
  keyword      = {industrial/engineering design,Interdisciplinary interaction,CFTs,NPD},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Agree on Terms - hur projektledaren kan stärka arbetet mellan industridesigners och konstruktörer inom produktutvecklingsprojekt},
  year         = {2009},
}