Managing Virtual Product Creation

  • R. Anderl


Design methodology is the backbone of Virtual Product Creation (VPC). The methods implemented in application software systems to support engineering to develop innovative products are embedded in design methodology. A product creation process as a complex iterative decision process needs appropriate management techniques. Common approaches are required to plan, execute, monitor and evaluate product creation activities. Requirements of project management, quality management and innovation management also have to be fulfilled. All activities of Virtual Product Creation have to be integrated into product creation workflows. This chapter discusses major management approaches, such as lifecycle management, workflow management, progress monitoring, and maturity management, as complementary to design methodology.


Progress Monitoring Product Lifecycle Product Data Management Product Creation Maturity Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Anderl
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  1. 1.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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