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Tracking consensus in product development teams

Show simple item record Morrow, Jeffrey A. (Jeffrey Alden) en_US 2009-10-07T02:18:12Z 2009-10-07T02:18:12Z 1998 en_US
dc.identifier.other b42743357 en_US
dc.identifier.other 41626783 en_US
dc.identifier.other Thesis 47615 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1998 en_US
dc.description.abstract Modern concurrent engineering requires that the perspectives of the stakeholders in the product realization process be harmonized as early as possible in that process. We consider this harmonization to consist largely of reaching consensus about stakeholder perspectives and our research seeks to find ways to measure and characterize the states of consensus of product development teams. We experimented with various methods of cognitive anthropology, namely pile sorts, triads tests, ranking, and magnitude scaling, to elicit data and to test respondents' compliance. To simplify data elicitation, we wrote software in Microsoft Visual Basic to emulate these methods on personal computers. We used Cultural Consensus Theory and graphical methods to analyze results, concluding that it is possible and feasible to track consensus states in product development teams. We make suggestions for further work in the methods of cognitive anthropology and to extend the software emulations. en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 184 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Industrial engineering en_US
dc.title Tracking consensus in product development teams en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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