Improvement strategies within the design process

Novel approaches

It is intuitively clear that not all improvement strategies of the design process are equally cost-effective. In such a situation, game theory could be used, for example, to identify and examine the internal trade-offs for different modelling options with a view to arriving at effective improvement strategies.

Alternatively, a duality theory type of approach could be used to identify which considerations are currently restricting further improvements in performance so that the efficacy of removing or relaxing such restrictions, if feasible, effective and appropriate, can be pursued.

Related issues

Some of the issues that come up as a result of this are:

  • the metrics to be used to define improvements,
  • the representation of the sensitivity information that underpins all trade-off,
  • representation of interaction between aspects of performance,
  • modelling aspects in terms of framework definition and data flows, and
  • priority identification strategies.

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