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Product Development Projects

Dynamics and Emergent Complexity

  • Christopher Schlick
  • Bruno Demissie

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christopher Schlick, Bruno Demissie
    Pages 1-11
  3. Christopher Schlick, Bruno Demissie
    Pages 13-158
  4. Christopher Schlick, Bruno Demissie
    Pages 159-214
  5. Christopher Schlick, Bruno Demissie
    Pages 353-365

About this book

Introduction

This book primarily explores two topics: the representation of simultaneous, cooperative work processes in product development projects with the help of statistical models, and the assessment of their emergent complexity using a metric from theoretical physics (Effective Measure Complexity, EMC). It is intended to promote more effective management of development projects by shifting the focus from the structural complexity of the product being developed to the dynamic complexity of the development processes involved.

The book is divided into four main parts, the first of which provides an introduction to vector autoregression models, periodic vector autoregression models and linear dynamical systems for modeling cooperative work in product development projects. The second part presents theoretical approaches for assessing complexity in the product development environment, while the third highlights and explains closed-form solutions for the complexity metric EMC for vector autoregression models and linear dynamical systems. Lastly, part four validates the models and methods using a case study from the industry, together with several Monte Carlo experiments.

Presenting a truly unique, integrated treatment of statistical approaches for modeling simultaneous, cooperative work processes in product development projects and assessing their complexity, the book offers a valuable resource for researchers in Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management and Project Management, as well as Project Managers seeking to model and evaluate their own development projects.

Keywords

Complexity of design processes Design structure matrice Effective complexity Optimization of release period of finished work Product development projects

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Schlick
    • 1
  • Bruno Demissie
    • 2
  1. 1.RWTH AachenAachenGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing & Ergonomics FKIEWachtbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21717-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21716-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21717-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0840
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