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Applying Lean Thinking to the Design Process

By nature, the design process is complex; it often involves thousands of decisions, sometimes over a period of many years, with numerous interdependencies, and under a highly uncertain environment. Design can involve a large number of participants and decisions makers, trade-offs between multiple competing design criteria with inadequate information, and intense budget and schedule constraints. The influence of the design phase on the outcome of any projects both technically and economically is immense. It is in the design phase that the customer’s ideas and speculations are conceptualized into a physical model, and the customer’s needs and requirements are defined into procedures, drawings and technical specifications.

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