Partitioning tasks to product development teams

Dan Braha

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Abstract

The principle of partitioning tasks among product development teams so as to minimize the cost of interactions across design teams is an important characteristic of complex engineered systems. Although there is growing literature that deals with the proper organization of product development tasks, little attention is given to rigorous modeling of the phenomena. To fill the void, we present a mathematical formulation for the problem. Two main issues are addressed by the model: 1) how to specify task dependencies, and 2) how to optimally partition the tasks among a number of teams. Characteristics of the problem are analyzed, and an efficient solution procedure is proposed. The developed model and solution technique can be applied to various scales of the product design and development process, and may open a variety of interesting questions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Pages333-344
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)079183624X
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology Integrated Systems Design Theme: Aircraft Systems - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: 29 Sep 20022 Oct 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume4

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology Integrated Systems Design Theme: Aircraft Systems
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal, Que.
Period29/09/022/10/02

Keywords

  • Clustering
  • Decomposition
  • Nearly Decomposable Systems
  • Partitioning
  • Product Development

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