Process Management Group

Principal Investigator: Professor P John Clarkson

Improving design process performance

The Process Management Group researches the role and nature of process modelling in the successful delivery of new products and services. In particular, we are researching how modelling and analysing the design process can influence the timely introduction and commercial success of a product:

  • by generating a greater understanding of the nature and demands of complex system design;
  • by challenging current planning practice and risk management in complex system design;
  • by developing novel and useful design process improvement tools.

Our research is driven by practice. We are currently working with Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, BT, BP, Laing O’Rourke, Zurich, Siemens and others to deliver on a variety of research topics and to define the priorities for future study.

We have developed a novel approach to design process mapping and analysis, known as Signposting, to assist in the management of complex design processes. A software tool, the Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM), which supports Signposting and the use of Dependency Structure Matrices has been developed and is being used in industry. An edited book on Design Process Improvement was published by Springer in 2005.

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