University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
The conventional approach to designing reliability, maintainability, testability, producibility, etc., into products is to assign representatives from support functions to review and recommend changes as the design evolves. The more current concept of concurrent design involves a multi-function design team which is highly structured with greater responsibility and authority. Each member of the team has a responsibility, from the beginning og the design process, to lend expertise to developing the best product possible within given cost an schedule constraints. To accomplish this task, the design team requires a set of tools which are flexible and can be accessed in an effective and efficient manner.
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