Simulating intertwined design processes that have similar structures: a case study of a small company that creates made-to-order fashion products

Wynn, David Charles ; Eckert, Claudia M ; Clarkson, Peter John (2011-01)


The authors use simulation to analyse the resource-driven dependencies between concurrent processes used to create customised products in a company. Such processes are uncertain and unique according to the design changes required. However, they have similar structures. For simulation, a level of abstraction is chosen such that all possible processes are represented by the same activity network. Differences between processes are determined by the customisations that they implement. The approach is illustrated through application to a small business that creates customised fashion products. We suggest that similar techniques could be applied to study intertwined design processes in more complex domains.