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Assessing value for product family design and selection

JP Gonzalez-Zugasti, KN Otto, JD Baker

Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference | Published : 1999


A platform is the set of elements and interfaces that are common to a family of products. We have previously presented a method for designing product families based on platforms that quantifies performance and cost metrics. That approach allows a team of engineers to design and evaluate candidate platforms, given perfect understanding of the designs and requirements. In this paper we present a model to account for uncertainty present during the development of those product families. Real options concepts are introduced to model the risks and delayed decision benefits present under uncertainty,in technologies, funding, etc. We develop a quantitative measure of the value to the company for dif..

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