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Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.
Author: De Lessio, M.P.; Caldwell, N.H.M.; Wynn, D.C.; Clarkson P.J.
In this paper, we argue that aggregating highly-referenced plan content into a common planning document will minimise the inefficiencies of creating and using multiple plans. We further argue that doing so will enhance the overall planning system used to manage complex design projects. Our hypothesis will be tested using the results found from an industry case study conducted at a multinational advanced scientific instrument manufacturing company referred to as Company X for this paper. Company X has implemented such a planning system. We will first determine what content should be included in the Master Project Plan. We will then compare this result to the content that is actually included in the Master Project Plan in use at Company X. The case study confirmed that the planning content referenced for a typical design project was extensive and somewhat varied amongst engineering personnel.
Dependency and Structure Modeling (DSM) originates from the methods that have come about from using the Design Structure Matrix and similar methods (matrix-based as well as graph based). These methods have proven very valuable in designing complex systems, optimizing technical systems and product architectures and organizations, densely networked processes and large market structures. With its ability to manage complexity by looking into the structure of a system, it has led to many other advances...