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Quality function deployment: the unused tool

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2 Author(s)
Bouchereau, V. ; Mech. Res. Centre, Univ. of Wales Coll., Newport, UK ; Rowlands, H.

Quality function deployment is a management tool that provides the means of translating customer requirements into appropriate technical requirements for each stage of a product or service development. The structure provided by QFD can be of significant benefit to companies, yet it is an extremely under-utilised tool. This article introduces QFD, outlines how it can be used, compares its customary practice around the world and identifies some of its problems and benefits.

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Engineering Management Journal  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )