The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving systems—including product designs, organizational structures, and process flows. The DSM is a square matrix showing relationships between system elements, which can be product components, software code packages, teams, activities, etc. By analyzing a DSM, one can prescribe a better (e.g., more modular) system architecture or organization. Adding a time-basis to the model enables one to prescribe a faster, lower-risk process. Because the DSM highlights process feedbacks, it helps identify iterations, cycles, and rework loops (key drivers of cost and schedule risk). The DSM is concise, visually appealing, and used in many organizations across diverse industries. Users have found it extremely useful for fostering architectural innovation and enabling the situation awareness and empowerment that motivates the people executing complex processes. This tutorial introduces DSM and applications for product developers, systems engineers, and project and program managers. Real-life examples are presented from the aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, and other industries. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises (building DSM models) and come away with a clearer understanding of the drivers of critical, emergent behaviors in systems. The methods can be applied immediately to systems for quick results and insights.
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