Method and tools
This is a list of methods and tools that come from our research and that may be deployed.
One success factor in engineering design is the ability to make effective and risk-managed decisions in a timely manner. Rarely is a single person sufficient to resolve today’s complex, connected issues. Rather, a group of stakeholders possessing required expert knowledge needs to be enrolled as these issues normally requires a wide variety of expert competences, transcending traditional disciplines. Where this previously was a question of being able to resolve trade-offs regarding design and development of the pure physical artefact it is now a complex ambiguity game involving all disciplines touching a solution during its lifecycle, due to the movement towards integrated product-service solutions. Hence making the problem even more pronounced. This challenge is tackled in ongoing research within the project Model Driven Development Decision Support (MD3S) at the Product Development Research Lab (PDRL) of Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). The hypothesis of this research is that the ability to gather…Read more
Value creation is the end-game solution of product and service design. Yet, ‘value’ is difficult to measure, because it goes beyond manufacturing and usage cost to include a lot of subjective, intangible and tacit concepts. EVOKE is a method to keep focus on value generation throughout the design process, since its earliest phases. The EVOKE toolbox aims at supporting the design team in prioritizing customer needs, creating product configurations, assessing their value and displaying it for decision making. The value of a product (or service) to a customer depends on his/her preferences. These are modelled in EVOKE as a list of value criteria, whose rank-weights are used to model different customer tiers and scenarios. Also, through the use of 3D parametrical CAD models and Design of Experiment, the design team can automatically generate a number of configurations for a given product platform. Each configuration is assessed in the value analysis…Read more
About the method This method deals with the need for measuring your innovation efforts and will provide you with new knowledge and a framework which will guide you and your team in establishing an innovation measurement program. What is measured, gets done! As innovation is a necessity for any organization today, the ability to assess and measure the progress and impact of your innovation efforts might be a true source of competitive advantage. In this method article you will be provided with a framework which will guide you and your team in establishing an innovation measurement program. Once a suitable innovation measurement program has been implemented, the innovation capabilities of your team, as well as the confidence from both internal and external stakeholders will increase. In brief The MINT framework Experience constantly tells us that "What is measured, gets done!". However when it comes to innovation the measurement indicators available…Read more
Needfinding is considered an applied approach to identifying, capturing and communicating human needs into the process of product innovation. It assumes that designers need to be involved at the early stages of product innovation to have an impact on the product definition. The development of Needfinding includes creation of new methods to complement the product innovation process. Needfinding is an approach which affects the whole product development process; thus, for example, context, culture, work environment and user experience, are included in the needfinding journey. This workbook summarises a selection of user- centered approaches that can guide and support engineers and designers in identifying the unmet user needs in the real user environment. It will allow you to take practical action towards delivering value added, sustainable and user-centered products and services. This workbook starts with a focus on understanding the user’s context by framing a needfinding plan, continues by offering methodical…Read more
The MOVE framework is designed to help you plan an effective internal workshop to address the innovation capabilities within your group or company. MOVE is based on four dimensions of team innovation: Make, Observe, Visualize, and Engage. We talk about dimensions rather than phases because innovation is not a linear process. Use elements of each dimension depending on your specific needs and objectives. Don’t forget to iterate and share your evolving ideas with others in your innovation network, which will help you move your big ideas forward. If you are interested in knowing more about how to apply the MOVE Framework in your organization and how we are developing the format further, please contact anyone of the authors or partners: Tamara Carleton, firstname.lastname@example.org Andreas Larsson, email@example.com, www.flikk.se Susanna Bill, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sustenance.se Blekinge Institute of Technology, Tobias Larsson, email@example.com, www.bth.se/eng/staff/tobias-larsson-tlr/ Stanford University Center for Foresight and Innovation, foresight.stanford.edu Download MOVE Workshop.Read more