A design process is the sequence of (often partially parallelized) tasks that begin with specification of an undesirable situation and end with a plan (design) for a way to move to a preferred situation.
There are many different specifications of design processes. Some are complex and detailed, like the Systematic Design of Pahl & Beitz [PB88]; others are much more general, like the Integrated Design Process (IDP).
The IDP was developed between 2001 and 2010, in Canada, in an effort to bring the AEC (Architecture Engineering, Construction) sector into the 21st century. It is described in some detail at NRCAN.
IDP is not new, nor was it invented in Canada. Most engineers already know IDP under another name, concurrent engineering, which was first devised in the 1970s and was fully deployed in many sectors (including automotive, aerospace, and consumer products) by the early 1990s.
TODO Describe consequences and counter-indications.