Analysis of Engineering Change Requests Using Markov Chains
Paper in proceedings, 2018

Engineering change requests are important and plentiful in the product development process to enhance a product. In this paper we use Markov chains on ECRs in a large product development project and display the results in a Markov chain DSM. The DSM shows statistical probability of a transition pathway for an industrial design process and together with engineering domain knowledge we identify patterns and improvement opportunities. It turns out that 8% of ECRs are closed directly after creation, most common pathway is not followed in early statues and status iterations are seen in the DSM.

product development

engineering change

Markov chains

design models

process analysis


Emil Gustavsson

Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre

Ívar Örn Arnarsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Mats Jirstrand

Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre

Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN

18479073 (ISSN)

Vol. 2

15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
Dubrovnik, Croatia,

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineering

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