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A Practical Solution for Implementing Sustainable Improvements in Product Introduction Performance
Published June 07, 1992 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom
Event: 24th FISITA Congress
Simultaneous engineering is critical to improving time to market. It involves organization re-design by facilitating cross functional teams or natural groups to improve the effectiveness of core business processes. Effective project management is the backbone for managing the quantities and complexity of concurrent activities in order that simultaneous engineering can be implemented and institutionalized successfully. Around this backbone we can build a set of management and design quality support methodologies and tools to move towards the vision of an integrated technical management solution to the product introduction process. Cross functional skills from marketing to manufacturing systems engineering are involved simultaneously.
However, whilst the benefits of this methodology are clear, implementation is often difficult due to the need to change traditional organizational perceptions and culture as well as structures and systems.
This paper will present the combined solution which capitalizes on the synergy existing between Lucas Management Systems' artemis project management system and the process re- design expertise and product design methodology of Lucas Engineering Systems Limited for implementing change in organizations and cementing the improvements made.
Competitive advantage can be achieved if there is effective management of time, in terms of target project schedules and concurrent activities, effective management of resources, in terms of project costs, and facilities and effective management of the quality of process and product design using team based design support tools. This minimizes project risk and result in reduced time to market and a product which may be profitably reproduced to target cost and quality