Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Managing Complex Technical Projects

Dates: Jun 12-13, 2014| Nov 11-12, 2014

Certificate Track: Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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Managing complex technical projects is a massive integration effort at many levels. Product and production plans must be integrated into components, components into subsystems, subsystems into systems and systems into quality products.

Traditional project management does not provide the kind of detail required today to both accelerate product and service development and improve product and service quality in the 21st century. Managing Complex Technical Projects presents a revolutionary design structure matrix (DSM) that MIT researchers use to determine which tasks within each phase of a complex project should or should not be performed concurrently. The DSM method is already applied in a number of corporations.

MIT researchers developed the DSM modeling approach to learn how to solve problems facing large-scale projects. After field-testing DSM in dozens of organizations and industries around the world, they found that it successfully streamlined the development of a wide array of projects including:

  • complex automotive components systems and subsystems
  • aerospace configuration design
  • concept development and program roll-out
  • electronics and semi-conductor development
  • equipment and machine tool development
  • plant engineering
  • construction projects
  • complicated service development and delivery projects

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Through lectures, exercises, interactive discussions, and teamwork, participants in the program learn how to use DSM to map complex and often highly-technical procedures into simple arrays. Most important, they learn how to solve five key problems that confound complex project management: iteration, overlapping tasks, architecture, decomposition and integration.

In Managing Complex Technical Projects, participants learn to:

  • better document existing procedures
  • reduce complexity
  • share data with confidence
  • facilitate project flow
  • expose constraints and conflicts
  • design iteration strategically

Managing Complex Technical Projects is designed for senior managers involved in complex product development, highly-interdependent system and service development and delivery, and project management as well as those responsible for speeding up the process of improving design procedures and designing and developing better products and services. The primary focus is on technical, engineering-driven products, services, and processes, although discussion around others is welcomed as applicable. Participants include:

  • vice presidents of engineering, manufacturing, and technology
  • directors of project, program or service management
  • product, service and business development
  • engineering and R&D program managers
  • chief project engineers
  • product design and process development engineers
  • technology strategists
  • project leaders

Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Steven Eppinger

    General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
    Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems
    Co-Director, System Design and Management Program

    Steven D. Eppinger has created an interdisciplinary product development course at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He also teaches MIT Executive Education programs in the areas of product development and complex project management... ... (more)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 AM - 12:00 PMWelcome and Introduction, Problems of Managing Complex Development Projects, Introduction to the Design Structure Matrix(DSM) Method, Using DSM for Project Planning
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 05:00 PMUsing DSM for Project Planning
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
08:15 AM - 09:00 AMContinental Breakfast
09:00 AM - 12:00 PMProject Control and Acceleration
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLuncheon
01:00 PM - 03:00 PMCurrent Research Directions

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