Analysing Plan Content Using a Matrix-Based Approach

DSM 2010: Proceedings of the 12th International DSM Conference, Cambridge, UK, 22.-23.07.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.
Author: De Lessio, M.P.; Caldwell, N.H.M.; Wynn, D.C.; Clarkson P.J.
Section: Planning
Page(s): 57-70


In this paper, we argue that aggregating highly-referenced plan content into a common planning document will minimise the inefficiencies of creating and using multiple plans. We further argue that doing so will enhance the overall planning system used to manage complex design projects. Our hypothesis will be tested using the results found from an industry case study conducted at a multinational advanced scientific instrument manufacturing company referred to as Company X for this paper. Company X has implemented such a planning system. We will first determine what content should be included in the Master Project Plan. We will then compare this result to the content that is actually included in the Master Project Plan in use at Company X. The case study confirmed that the planning content referenced for a typical design project was extensive and somewhat varied amongst engineering personnel.

Keywords: Planning, Plan Content, Plan-DSM


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