Project management and management of design: Teaching and tools

Patrick Little
Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
301 E. 12th Street, Claremont, CA 91711, U.S.A.

Abstract:
While there are many project management tools and software packages available, these are not widely used in the design curriculum at colleges and universities. This may reflect some of the differences between conventional projects and design activities. In particular, the open-ended nature of design activities and the need to clarify the client’s intention may lead to the conclusion that conventional project management tools are only useful for the most routine activities in the design process. It is suggested that there is a market for a new set of tools for teaching the management of design. These tools should incorporate the most useful of the current management tools and integrate them with some of the requirements of effective design, including support for clarification of objectives, functional analysis, and generation and evaluation of alternatives.

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