e.learning @LIS CALL 2002

Managing Complex Product Development:
Sub- Projects issue

Some indicative premises. by Paolo Manzelli -LRE-EGO-CreaNET

To help to understand common misperceptions avoiding "concurrent sub-projects" of SK-SH @LIS Proposal , the LRE-EGO-CreaNET will propose a co-operative development methodology for improving a "task-based" project matrix model of developmental SK-SK Pilot Project.

So that I would like to explicitate a syntheses of the design structure matrix (DSM) approach that will be proposed by the LRE-EGO-CreaNet of the Florence University for moving out of side of the traditional approaches.

In origin need to be clear to all partners that the "DSM" integrated approach will be different to the traditional project management in a concurrent system of independent sub-projects , that normally allow project and e.managers to model sequential and parallel tasks, but not give the possibility to develop interdependent integrated tasks, where a set of tasks is dependent on one another.

The "DSM" integrated not hierarchical approach it is very important in any case when it is a visible difference difference between "concurrent strategies in the small- localized development " and a new co-operative program architecture useful for each large extended networked enterprises"

Brief introduction to the Design Structure Matrix Modeling co-operative method.

The tasks based (DSM) matrix approach will be not a parallel sequential of independent sub-projects , because each sub-project is linked to selected common priority tasks, where partners can freely enjoy for building up new contents and strategies contents problem areas taking place in the project in a transparent shared ITC interaction.

A simple six matrix is generated along four tasks is proposed by the ACTION PLAN and two common services organized in virtual networks for contents and technology related to the SK-SH "" production.

Each Partner is free to choose their roles in one or more of the four selected common priority ACTION PLAN see: and/ or in the two networked common services organization of the DSM-based map and they can work at different levels of the Time Matrix array of the development of the project that will be sequenced in a working plan of two years as follow:

1) Level of defininition the pilot project
2) Level of experimental demonstration
3) Level of Content on demand Production for net.leraning and ITC diffusion
4) Level of maintenance and program sustainability

Interation modeling: product development of SK-SH demonstration project will be fundamentally ITC fast iterative, for any need of determining and checking a continuous rate of convergence of each of the task made sub-project to the common goal of the global aims of the SH-SK project.

In a practical way the above means that SK-SH it is a very complex project working with a large geographical extension, respecting the the cultural and economic diversity between so large amount of European and Latin American Countries, so that it is important to develop a DSM flexible priority tasks approach , because it will be very dangerous to develop distinct not integrated sub-projects that easy can be in con currency between them self.

In any case any preliminary proposed sub-project until now not well integrated in a complex common architecture, are well accepted in a preliminary step;... but really the preliminary step need to be overcomed to get a final integrated organization useful for improving a single shared and successful competitive program, able to forecast a future sustainability.

Therefore the LRE/EGO-CreaNET suggests to renovate and integrate creatively any obsolete architecture to manage extended networked enterprises in the same traditional linear chain organizational method.

One of the big problem that will come as a consequence of concurrent approach of non integrated sub-project, it is coming immediately as well as a hot-topic of disagreement among partners on the important area of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the production-results of the common e.brain working finality of SK-SH proposal, because IPR is a very important common dominion of the partnership's consortium for developing future financing and developmental sustainable activities.

Certainly most of the above points raised in this premise can be discussed by each partners of the SK-SH group, remembering anyway that "IPR co-operative construction", will be the essential tool for building up any extended networked enterprise , that will be able to increase its socio-economic international impact that will be necessary for the sustainable development of the KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN SOCIETY.

Florence 2002/Sept./03


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Action Plan

Linda Giannini e Carlo Nati - LRE-EGOCreaNET 2002
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