Quality Function Deployment (QFD) - A multi-purpose structured framework

Miryam Barad*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The essence of Quality Function Deployment (QFD), a product planning quality technique, is to extract the customer needs or desires, expressed in his/her own words, and then to translate them, using sequential QFD matrices, into technical product quality characteristics, planning, design, process and production. However, QFD is not limited to product planning. It is a structured multi-purpose framework, which can be used to translate improvement needs of various systems into prioritized improvement activities. The two published applications reviewed here show how this framework had been used in different contexts. One application prioritized actions for improving the implementation of an enterprise manufacturing strategy. The other application deployed flexibility in supply chains. Both applications started at the strategic level, with the strategic improvement needs of enterprises, but their respective QFD deployment matrices were different and led to different final outputs.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2015
Event23rd International Conference for Production Research, ICPR 2015 - Manila, Philippines
Duration: 2 Aug 20156 Aug 2015


Conference23rd International Conference for Production Research, ICPR 2015


  • Concerns
  • Flexibility
  • Improvement needs
  • QFD
  • Supply chains


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