Design Process Communication Methodology: Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Collaboration, Sharing, and Understanding

TitleDesign Process Communication Methodology: Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Collaboration, Sharing, and Understanding
Publication TypeTechnical Report
AuthorsSenescu, R., J. Haymaker, and M. Fischer
NumberTR197
Date Published07/2011
Abstract

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) designers struggle (1) to collaborate within projects, (2) share processes across projects, and (3) understand processes across the firm or industry. Overcoming each of these challenges requires communication of design processes. The paper aggregates concepts from organizational science, human computer interaction, and process modeling fields to develop the Design Process Communication Methodology (DPCM). DPCM is a social, technical, and representational environment for communicating design processes that is Computable, Embedded, Modular, Personalized, Scalable, Shared, Social, and Transparent. To apply and test DPCM, the research maps the methodology to software features in the Process Integration Platform (PIP). PIP is a process communication web tool where individuals exchange and organize files as nodes in information dependency maps in addition to folder directories. The paper provides evidence of the testability of DPCM and proposes metrics for evaluating DPCM’s efficiency and effectiveness in communicating design process. DPCM lays the foundation for commercial software that shifts focus away from incremental and fragmented process improvement toward a platform that nurtures emergence of (1) improved multi-disciplinary collaboration, (2) process knowledge sharing, and (3) innovation-enabling understanding of existing processes.

KeywordsCommunication, Information Management, Organizations, Project Management, Technology and Innovation Management
Year of Publication2011
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