Title: Analysing programming tools for the development of quality function deployment software

Authors: Ashish K. Sharma, I.C. Mehta, Jitendra R. Sharma

Addresses: Manoharbhai Patel Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gondia 441 614, Maharashtra, India. ' Department of Computer and Information Technology, Manoharbhai Patel Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gondia, Maharashtra, India. ' Department of Management, Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Abstract: Quality function deployment (QFD) is a customer focused product development process through which the quality of the product can be enormously improved. Companies in practice of utilising QFD are incessantly seeking for efficient QFD software that could facilitate designers and engineers to evaluate company|s decision-making process. Development of QFD software can be accomplished through the use of a suitable programming language. The attempt is to explore the various available programming languages, analyse them and pick a suitable one for the QFD software automation. Along with an insight into traditional QFD, this paper also explores QFD from the software automation perspective. It then, provides overview of the available programming tools and comparative analysis of the same for the QFD software automation. Finally, this paper makes an attempt to justify how the chosen tool will be effective in carrying-out the task and concludes with a real life example to automate a section of QFD.

Keywords: QFD software; quality function deployment; QFD automation; programming languages; Visual Basic; tree view; decision making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDS.2010.031885

International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, 2010 Vol.2 No.2, pp.132 - 146

Published online: 27 Feb 2010 *

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