C.S. Durão, Luiz Fernando, Kelly, Kevin, Nakano, Davi N., Zancul, Eduardo, and McGinn, Conor L.
Procedia CIRP; 2018, Vol. 70, p265-271, 7p
Product development processes require prototypes to materialise ideas and share concepts. Prototypes’ nature can be classified as convergent or divergent. Converging prototypes represent an evolution of a concept, while diverging ones seek to cover different solution paths. The diverging group includes the “Dark Horse” prototype, which calls for the exploration of other, high-risk high-return ideas. This paper examines the “Dark Horse” influence on final design concepts. Fifty-nine projects developed by multi-disciplinary student teams following a Design Thinking approach were studied. Comparison criteria and statistical analysis were implemented to understand the effects of the “Dark Horse” on the final solution. In particular the influence of the “Dark Horse” characteristics and its level of radical innovation on the quality and nature of the final solution of the project were examined. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]