Creative Lean Design Process

ICORD 11: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Research into Design Engineering, Bangalore, India, 10.-12.01.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Verma,Kumar Alok; Das,Kumar Lalit; Erande,Surendra Ameya
Section: Design Creativity, Synthesis,Evaluation and Optimisation
Page(s): 615-622


Use of lean principles in product design process reduces time and cost of designs but it does not look at creativity in design. Creativity in design process is one of the important parameters required to produce good and robust designs to provide improved quality, product performance and reduced lifecycle cost. Intelligent people can be trained to become creative in search for new design solutions. Creativity is a necessary condition for inventiveness and innovations. This paper advocates an approach to induce creativity into engineering design process and then to make process lean in order to obtain desired benefits. Authors recommend use of Learning Style Inventory to select people to develop creativity and then concept maps are used to stimulate the generation of ideas and are believed to aid creativity as they communicate complex ideas and arguments and can transform tacit knowledge into designing team’s knowledge. Intelligent designers are recommended to be trained in use of lean tools like Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD), Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) etc. This lean design methodology addresses the need for inquiry based learning to promote the development of creativity, inventiveness and innovations among students/professionals

Keywords: Creativity, Intelligence, Lean Design, Quality, Project based learning.


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