Managing the Interdependencies in Complex Development Projects with Matrix-Based Methods

DS 97: Proceedings of the 21st International DSM Conference (DSM 2019), Monterey, California, September 23rd - 25th 2019

Year: 2019
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jintin Tran; Paulo Montijo
Author: Vinod Vallath Ramachandran
Series: DSM
Institution: Aalto University
Section: Project Management
Page(s): 9
DOI number:
ISBN: 978-1-912254-06-4


The design structure matrix or the dependency structure matrix is a modeling framework used in many areas of research and practice and it is suitable for illustrating the dependencies between product, organization and the development processes in a complex development project. The products studied in this paper are complex development projects, and the organizations have a complex interrelated networked organizational structure, and the process is the product development processes involved in a complex development project. The inter-organizational networks created in such development projects are temporary, and the important factors are cost, time and schedule as it is in other projects. The potential of Design structure matrices and domain mapping matrices to illustrate the dependencies between such complex product, process and organization systems are analyzed. An attempt is made to also identify the existing literature in the mainstream of project management discussing the design structure matrix and other related matrix-based methods.

Keywords: DSM, Project management, Project interdependencies, Complex development projects.


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