Is There a Better Way to Manage Product Development Projects?

By Neno
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The last three decades have seen an explosion in project management software tools and certifications for project management methodologies.  Terms like agile, resource management, critical path analysis, risk mitigation, etc. are now commonplace throughout the corporate world.  However, has all of this attention to the project management discipline resulted in product development executing as planned?  For too many companies, the answer is still a resounding “No.”

A recent study by Engineering.com (“Product Development and Project Management Tools,” December 17, 2015) indicates that there is a significant gap between how manufacturing companies value specific aspects of their project execution and how they judge their performance.  Specifically, the study looked at 4 main aspects of managing product development projects:

  • Executing the simultaneous launch of multiple variants of a product
  • Understanding how requirement changes affect a project’s schedule and resources
  • Obtaining accurate and consistent project task updates with proof of completion
  • Identifying product development issues that are causing project delays

Across all industries, survey respondents judged their abilities in each of these project management activities to be significantly less than their importance for executing a project successfully.  However, it was found that if a respondent combined their project management methodologies with a web-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, they judged their performance to be significantly higher.  In order to address these 4 challenging aspects of product development projects, it was concluded that a PLM solution with embedded project management can uniquely provide the following operational best practices:

  1. Full alignment between projects and the product portfolio in order to leverage common technology platforms and launch products to market faster.
  2. Coordination of a project’s schedule and resources with its scope as defined by requirements and development constraints in order to meet market expectations.
  3. Automatic updates of project tasks as development work are completed to have a real-time understanding of project status and progress.
  4. Mitigating project risks based upon the real-time status of product development – designs, change orders, defects, etc. – in order to stay on schedule and within budget.

Each of these project management best practices are explored in more detail in a white paper available through Dassault Systèmes.  Adopting a PLM system with a deliverables-based project management approach may find some organizational resistance due to a bias towards standalone project management tools.  There will be pressure to pursue solutions with a lengthy list of advanced project management capabilities.  While there is a baseline that a solution must provide, there are diminishing returns from the most advanced capabilities.  Do not place excessive priority on these seldom used capabilities at the expense of fully realizing the best practices discussed in this white paper.  Instead, stay focused on the unique value provided by a PLM system with embedded project management.

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How to Eliminate Waste and Increase Profits with “Optimized Construction”

By Akio
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The Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes integrates AEC project data, tracks progress, and brings together project teams – including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and sub-contractors – all on a single, intuitive, collaborative platform.

You get the value of:

  • Integrated Project Plans—where project data files are integrated with plans in the same location – bringing together all information in one place.
  • Project Visibility— through real-time dashboards that summarize project status and give visibility to all participants. With real-time updates, you can identify potential problem areas and take action early on.
  • The Power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform— that puts everyone on the same platform, giving people the ability to talk, discuss, chat, and collaborate on a project together;

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Optimized Construction connects the dots between project progress, project efforts, and corresponding 3D data – bringing it all together under one 3D umbrella for a “single source of truth”.

Integrated Project Plans

With Integrated Project Plans, AEC professionals can integrate data with project plans in an easy-to-use interface. Each project member has access to a dashboard, where files can be easily uploaded.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables importing of IFC data into an object-based platform that allows individual sharing of objects to the right audience.

From the dashboard, users receive real-time notifications when fresh data is uploaded. By using these capabilities, searching through email Inboxes for the latest information will become a thing of the past.

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Formal and Informal Project Collaboration

In addition to automatic notifications, the platform provides a forum for more informal collaboration.

Through 3DSWYM, a 3DEXPERIENCE social media platform, instant messages can be exchanged among platform users to confirm an upload, ask questions, or provide additional information.

Collboration

Design Review

Optimized Construction provides a formal space for the crucial review of project information during the design stage and data aggregation. Users can place markups directly in the data, pinpointing areas of concern on the model.

After placing a markup, users can send a message from within that page to alert the responsible individual that their attention is needed, ensuring that no note goes unnoticed.

These reviews can be connected to the project plans to efficiently keep track of progress, and each markup stays in place indefinitely, so that a concern can be tracked through the life of the project.

Project Visibility through Dashboards

The platform’s Project Business Status View allows a project manager to see real-time updates for every aspect of the project. This project visibility at each step of design and construction helps ensure that potential problems are spotted well before they occur.

By integrating your fabricator into this process, you can monitor the real-time status of the work, preventing cost and schedule overruns and enabling him to get paid earlier.

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Project Management

Project managers get an overview of the project’s status from the dashboard and the tasks that need to be addressed. This overview helps users quickly identify overdue tasks that could possibly delay the schedule. The project manager can flag those items within the dashboard to ask for an informal update from a colleague.

Users are able to make an update in the graphical interface, with no need to move into a table to enter data and recreate the visual representation. The moment those tasks are updated, the new status becomes visible to the project manager.

Project management dashboard

Project management dashboard

Collaboration and Approvals

With Collaboration and Approvals, project managers can follow-up on missing deliverables either through an instant message or through the more official channels of the platform’s Project Management functionality. Team members can quickly respond with an instant message and, once a formal resolution has been entered, the project manager will immediately see that the urgent issue has been updated.

The power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is its ability to bring data and people together in one place.

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From unstructured communication among colleagues through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to more formal project management tools, the platform is as much about improving communication as it is about sharing information.

Learn how Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes can work to help improve your projects.


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Enabling Flow: Knowledge Based Construction

By Akio
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This post is an excerpt of the white paper “Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry” from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube.

As organizations begin to understand the power of adopting an LPD approach to their programs and projects, they realize that a change process is underway and recognize that the production system is highly complex and dynamic. Every project has a lifecycle beginning with the business case and defining requirements to final installation and beneficial use.

During the progression of the project’s lifecycle, the opportunity to influence or optimize the project’s development and eventual outcome lessens dramatically.

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Project Production Transformation process and opportunity to influence

Project Production Transformation process and opportunity to influence

Easily recognizable is the single line flow of delivery regardless of delivery method depicting the transformation process, buffers created (time, inventory, and capacity). The simple flow can be as depicted below:

CornerCube White Paper Basic Production Flow

Basic Production Flow

What is not acknowledged is this same sequence of events is played out countless times on a project at the macro and micro level. Every component, assembly, or action must undergo this same transformation to achieve a desired and successful outcome.

The production system looks more like the image depicted below where every work stream is affected, and managing buffers and the four knowledge flows (Information, Design, Supply Chain / Logistics, and Site Assembly) are critical.

CornerCube White Paper Production System Knowledge Flow

Production System Knowledge Flow

Achieving Optimal Production

Achieving an optimal production system often includes:

  • innovative operating agreements to attain integrated governance that optimize the performance of the collective enterprise;
  • enabling technology platforms that efficiently manage the immense amounts of critical data in order to optimize the knowledge and physical flows that drive value creation; and,
  • effective processes that support continuous improvement and creative solutions that optimizes how work is planned, controlled and executed to drive out waste and deliver value (integrated governance, value management, delivery management).

Having the vision and desire to improve outcomes, and launching an LPD program without hesitation but with clear purpose, is often necessary to deliver beneficial change.

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Industry Example

As an example, Pat Henderson, president of Hardstone Construction Company in Las Vegas, Nevada, sensed the potential risk on his large Tivoli Village at Queensridge Project was larger than any one organization could identify, let alone manage. To assist in identifying this risk, increase owner value, and reduce waste, he embraced several lean principles by creating an integrated virtual design and construction (iVDC) team.

Using Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA solution, the team not only created a clash‐free 3D model, but more importantly, by leveraging CATIA’s knowledge management capabilities, the team was able to drive better solutions to address extensive design changes, optimize system configurations, and support real‐time operations. The risk Pat believed they would discover materialized as he predicted. His preparation in assembling an iVDC team that developed production‐based solutions enabled Pat to better manage and mitigate that risk, and ensured the better outcomes he experienced.

Knowledge Flow-Based Construction

This type of knowledge flow-based construction will dominate the conversation over the next decade. Enterprise 2.0 methodologies will drive digitally connected and highly integrated project communities where:

  • 3D will become a universal language for effective communication
  • Experiences and knowledge will be shared openly in a 24/7 project ecosystem to increase the speed, quality, and throughput of delivery solution
  • Emerging social software platforms designed for the construction industry will become the digital environments which contributions and interactions will be globally visible and persistent over time
Fernando Espana, Founder and President of CornerCube Inc.

Fernando Espana, Founder and President of CornerCube Inc.

To learn more, read the full white paper “Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry” from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube.

CornerCube is a Dassault Systèmes partner located in the San Francisco Bay area, offering Lean construction solutions, 3D technology solutions, and related technical services to the AEC industry.

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