Title: Gaming techniques and the product development process: commonalities and cross-applications

Authors: Andrew Wodehouse, David Bradley

Addresses: University of Strathclyde, James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1XJ, UK. ' University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, DD1 1HG, UK

Abstract: The use of computer-based tools is now firmly embedded within the product development process, providing a wide range of uses from visualisation to analysis. However, the specialisation required to make effective use of these tools has led to the compartmentalisation of expertise in design teams, resulting in communication problems between individual members. This paper therefore considers how computer gaming techniques and strategies could be used to enhance communication and group design activities throughout the product design process.

Keywords: computer games; design process; product development; gaming techniques; game genres; design teams; communication; group design; product design; engineering design.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2006.011360

Journal of Design Research, 2006 Vol.5 No.2, pp.155 - 171

Published online: 23 Nov 2006 *

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