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A simulation-based process model for managing complex design projects

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2 Author(s)
Soo-Haeng Cho ; UCLA Anderson Sch. of Manage., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Eppinger, S.D.

This paper presents a process modeling and analysis technique for managing complex design projects using advanced simulation. The model computes the probability distribution of lead time in a stochastic, resource-constrained project network where iterations take place among sequential, parallel, and overlapped tasks. The model uses the design structure matrix representation to capture the information flows between tasks. We use a simulation-based analysis to account for many realistic aspects of design process behavior which were not possible in previous analytical models. We propose a heuristic for the stochastic, resource-constrained project scheduling problem in an iterative project network. The model can be used for better project planning and control by identifying leverage points for process improvements, and for evaluating alternative planning and execution strategies. An industrial example is provided to illustrate the utility of the model.

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Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Aug. 2005

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