Design Oscillations: Don’t “Spin Your Wheels”

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Design Oscillations: Don’t “Spin Your Wheels”

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Posted October 2, 2019 in Cutter Business Technology Journal


Vince Kellen

The communication to design teams of new information that causes rework results in design oscillations. Since knowledge about how to complete a project is incrementally “consumed” by team members, design osc­illations are a natural metabolic byproduct of knowledge-foraging behavior. Design oscillations represent the key engine of the project metabolism. The problem lies in the timing of and team cooperation in synchronization of efforts related to design oscillations.