A Process Oriented Monitoring Framework

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Abstract

Quality of product is an important consideration in engineering design activity, certain levels of which can be obtained by utilizing the available resources. Traditionally, a demand for increased levels of quality in the product required the deployment of additional resources. However, it has been reported earlier that it may be possible to increase the product quality, without increasing the resources, by improving the process [1]. Therefore, fundamental effort of this study is in the direction of improving the design process in the design level by offering a feedback tool in the evaluation of the processes called Design Process Monitoring (PROMO) [2]. The purpose of this tool is to monitor the design level activities of a process. The model can be classified as descriptive, or analytical rather than prescriptive; the goal is to study and understand the nature of the design process. In contrast, prescriptive models are for describing the processes which guide the future execution.

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