|Title of event||The new WeDecide App to support collaborative decision making in engineering design|
|Organising (SIGs)||Decision Making SIG|
|Workshop chairs||Sandro Wartzack, Thomas Luft, Julie Stal-Le Cardinal|
The research activities of the SIG DM contribute to the field of engineering design research particularly in the development of methodologies and tools in order to support the decision maker. The selection of promising ideas or first product concepts represents a decision making process which can be characterized as complex, dynamic and multi-staged process which has multiple and often conflicting objectives as well as involves different groups of decision makers. Due to the complexity of product development process, the task of the decision making needs to be supported not only methodologically but also through the use of IT tools, like an app.
Thus, during last ICED 2015 in Milano, participants of the SIG DM discussed about decision making models as a basis for iDecide App, the new Decision Making App. The main output (e.g. first concepts for an decision making app) and some further research work is summarized in our paper with the title “A Business Model Canvas for idecide – How to design a new decision making app?”.
This paper was presented by Thomas Luft at the beginning of our last workshop during the DESIGN 2016. Thereafter, we motivated our participants of the workshop by presenting them the concept of our new smartphone app to support decision making in the context of engineering design. Afterwards, we also presented a first prototype of this decision making app. Then, the participants had the opportunity to use this prototype app in the workshop to find good decisions in three different case studies.
Based on the feedback from the workshop, the app was then further developed by us. We presented this revised app in the workshop during the ICoRD 2017. This further developed app has been applied at the workshop by the participants for different case studies. More information regarding our app has been summarized in the ICED 2017 Paper with the title “A concept and prototype for a new app to support collaborative and multi- criteria decision making in product development”. The gained feedback will be used for a significant revision and enhancement of the WeDecide App.
Based on the feedback from the previous workshops, we have continued to develop the prototype of our WeDecide App. We have taken into account many different factors during the improvement of the prototype. At the beginning we will present the current version of the app.
The participants will have the opportunity to use an advanced prototype of the app during the group work of the workshop. Therefore, all participants should have a notebook.The feedback we will get during different group works in the workshop, would be very useful for the further development of the app and for further research within the SIG.