What are the characteristics of engineering design processes?

Anja M. Maier, Harald Störrle

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This paper studies the characteristic properties of Engineering Design (ED) processes from a process modelling perspective. In a first step, we extracted nine characteristics of engineering design processes from the literature and in a second step validated the findings using results from our survey among academic and industrial ED process modelling experts. In a third step, we added a further nine characteristics from personal experiences in the Language Engineering Domain to capture the pragmatic perspective. We arrive at a comprehensive set of 18 characteristics grouped into 6 challenges for process modelling in the engineering design domain. The challenges process modelers need to address when using and developing process modelling approaches and tools are: Development, Collaboration, Products & Services, Formality, Pragmatics, and Flexibility. We then compare the importance of elicited and suggested challenges and characteristics within engineering design with software engineering and business process modelling and discuss similarities and differences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationImpacting Society through Engineering Design
EditorsS.J. Culley, B.J. Hicks, T.C. McAloone, T.J. Howard, J. Malmqvist
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2011
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED11: Impacting Society through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED)
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4342


Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED11


  • process model
  • design process modelling
  • requirement elicitation
  • business process modelling
  • modelling
  • product development
  • design


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