Fraunhofer IAO and Drees & Sommer present a study of how to manage complex development projects
According to a recently published study carried out by Fraunhofer IAO and Drees & Sommer Process Consulting GmbH, manufacturing companies could dramatically improve their development and design processes by considering them from a services point of view.
In their joint study, Fraunhofer IAO and Drees & Sommer examined how complex development projects are managed. The study’s findings showed that although manufacturing companies have largely optimized their production processes, there is still considerable room to improve productivity in upstream development and design processes. And this is true for almost all sectors and industries.
When it comes to the type of complex development projects common in mechanical engineering or plant construction, efficient and effective project execution is constantly being disrupted by problems arising from the need to coordinate the efforts of various different disciplines, from changes in customer requirements, or from inadequate product specifications. As a result, the employees involved in a project often feel they are working in a chaotic, uncontrollable environment, and they judge their own processes to be unproductive.
The need for new solutions and concepts that bolster project management is clear. One promising approach is to consider the entire development process consistently from a services perspective. Not only does this help managers better understand process problems, it also brings to light other ways to deal with them that have a much broader reach than traditional project management methods. Services experts from Fraunhofer IAO and Drees & Sommer chose just such an innovative, service-oriented approach in carrying out their investigations.
Fraunhofer IAO is hosting an event on September 24, 2013 dedicated to productive management of complex development projects and featuring innovative solutions for companies. If you are interested in taking part in this event, please get in touch with the contact person listed below.