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Coordinating dependencies in complex system development projects
KTH, Superseded Departments, Electrical Systems.
2003 (English)In: IEMC '03: Engineering Management Conference, 2003., 2003, 400-404 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper elaborates on different aspects of dependencies in complex system development projects. The empirical setting of the paper is based on studies of Ericsson and ABB and their tools to manage and coordinate these dependencies. The studied projects have shown that it is crucial to create different pictures or abstractions of the reality in order to make the dependencies apparent to all the involved organizations and individuals. Both of these companies have successfully used something they call dependency diagram. The use of such diagrams makes it easier for the project members to be aware of their contribution in the total system solution. Being aware of which parts of the system you are depending on and which parts are depending on your contribution makes the knowledge transfer easier. The ability to transfer knowledge between the different parts is what in the end will be the crucial step to becoming a successful system developer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. 400-404 p.
Keyword [en]
large-scale systems, project management, research and development management, ABB management tools, Ericsson management tools, complex system development projects, dependency diagram, development management, knowledge transformation, organizations, project planning
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5387DOI: 10.1109/IEMC.2003.1252302ISI: 000187837600083OAI: diva2:9742
Engineering Management Conference, 2-4 Nov 2003. Managing Technologically Driven Organizations: The Human Side of Innovation and Change.

QC 20100519

Available from: 2006-02-24 Created: 2006-02-24 Last updated: 2013-05-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Managing Complex Industrial Projects: A comparison between holistic models
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing Complex Industrial Projects: A comparison between holistic models
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Even though the management of large projects has been studied for many years, the track record is still poor, especially for those projects developing complex systems. This thesis studies projects such as these and attempts to find clues as to why some succeed while others do not. Among the challenges, is the specific yet basic need to create a shared understanding in a group of hundreds engineering specialists with their own ideas (biases) of how things actually work. Further, complex development projects are likely to change, especially those projects involved with new technologies that should be state of the art when they hit the market after several years of development time. Thus, there is a need for a tool that can be used to adapt to changes.

An important part of this thesis is the evaluation of different diagram systems that have been used in different development projects. These diagrams function as a device to create a shared understanding of the project and enable those involved to maneuver the project through changes. The evaluation focuses on what the diagrams can express and how easy it is to understand their content. In terms of expressiveness, one of the three evaluated models: the Anatomy Model, answers the largest number of questions relevant to the total project manager. In terms of ease of use, the evaluation shows that the Anatomy did not only answer more questions relevant to the total project manager, but was also easier to maneuver through compared to the alternative models. The thesis concludes that when working with complex development projects, a model like the anatomy provides the project manager with a simple tool that can be used to maneuver through changes and create a communal understanding. Such a simplified model addresses more questions that are relevant to the project manager and is easier to update than the traditional tools that are suggested in most literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 29 p.
Trita-ICS, ISSN 1104-3504 ; 0602
Project Management, Complex Project, Anatomy, Dependency Diagrams
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3860 (URN)
Public defence
2006-03-07, F3, F, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
QC 20100519Available from: 2006-02-24 Created: 2006-02-24 Last updated: 2010-05-19Bibliographically approved

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