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Coordinating dependencies in global system development projects: the use of dependency diagrams
KTH, Superseded Departments, Electrical Systems.
2004 (English)In: Engineering Management Conference, 2004: Proceedings. 2004 IEEE International. Vol.2, 2004, 755-759 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This work addresses the problems that arise in the coordination of complex system development projects. The empirical setting is based on studies at Ericsson and ABB, and the total project manager's instrument to manage and coordinate these projects. ABB used what they called dependency diagrams. Ericsson developed a method they call the anatomy concept. The approaches are used as a complement to the traditional work breakdown structure. The paper evaluates the ability of these notations to address the needs of the total project management. The studies have shown that it is crucial to create compact high-level pictures of the resulting product and its projects in order to make the dependencies obvious to everyone involved (organizations as well as persons). The paper stresses that when developing complex system solutions the traditional diagrams easily become complex and unreadable. Thus, there is a need for supplementing approaches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 755-759 p.
Keyword [en]
project management, Ericsson, complex system solutions, coordinating dependency, dependency diagrams, empirical setting, global system development projects, system anatomy concept
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5389DOI: 10.1109/IEMC.2004.1407481Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-17644403546ISBN: 0-7803-8519-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5389DiVA: diva2:9744
Conference
Engineering Management Conference 18-21 Oct. 2004
Note
QC 20100519Available from: 2006-02-24 Created: 2006-02-24 Last updated: 2010-05-19Bibliographically approved
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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.
Series
Trita-ICS, ISSN 1104-3504 ; 0602
Keyword
Project Management, Complex Project, Anatomy, Dependency Diagrams
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3860 (URN)
Public defence
2006-03-07, F3, F, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20100519Available from: 2006-02-24 Created: 2006-02-24 Last updated: 2010-05-19Bibliographically approved

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