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Set-Based Concurrent Engineering

Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE) is a product development approach that allows multifunctional teams to ideate, develop, and communicates sets of conceptual solutions in parallel.
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Zettelkasten, July 13, 2021.

Notes

  • Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE) is a product development approach that allows multifunctional teams to ideate, develop, and communicates sets of conceptual solutions in parallel.

  • They gradually narrow these sets by eliminating inferior or infeasible solutions as the team progresses and build up the understanding, knowledge, and evidence about the solution sets.

  • Critical decisions are purposely delayed until the last possible moment to gather more information before making the decision.

  • Foundation framework of SBCE, based on Toyota's best practices:

    • Principle 1: Map The Design Space
      • Define feasible regions.
      • Explore trade-offs by designing multiple alternatives.
      • Communicate sets of possibilities.
    • Principle 2: Integrate by Intersection
      • Look for intersections of feasible sets.
      • Impose minimum constraints.
      • Seek conceptual robustness.
    • Principle 3: Establish Feasibility Before Commitment
      • Narrow sets gradually while increasing details.
      • Stay within sets once committed.
      • Control by managing uncertainty at process gates.

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