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Volume 223, 2018The 12th International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD 2018)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||29 October 2018|
The Complexity of Mapping Customer Needs... (and the Myth of a Unanimous Customer)
University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands
2 Reykjavik University, Menntavegur 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
3 HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Padualaan 99, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
* e-mail: D.M.Vossebeld@umcutrecht.nl
Axiomatic Design and Complexity Theory as described by Suh focus heavily on the coupling often found in functional requirements. This is so fundamental to the analysis of the design that it is the core of the Axiom of Independence which examines the coupling between functional requirements due to chosen design parameters. That said, the mapping between customer needs and functional requirements is often overlooked. In this paper we consider coupling, found due to this mapping, as a possible source of complexity in terms of a user interface to a designed product. We also re-examine the methodology of how customer needs are generated and translated into the other domains to understand how they can give further insight into the customer mindset. Based on this analysis, we believe customer domain complexity should always be examined in design that includes end-user interaction.
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