Reduce complexity and risk in innovation and production - new DSMiSIG webinar series

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Unnecessary complexity of new products is causing delays to market. The inability to have full visibility of what is going on in development programs leads to unrecognized risks and waste. The DSM industry Special Interest Group (DSMiSIG) is launching a six-part webinar series for industry, starting on May 9, on how complexity can be managed and risk can be turned into competitive advantage.

"Planning, in the more complex product development and production organizations, still appears to be more art than science - despite the advances of computing technology" Mike Stowe

In a little over a generation manufacturing has managed to reduce its defect rate from about 1% to parts per million, a 500 to one improvement. Yet we routinely accept more than 90% defect rate in our innovation and product development projects and processes. We can and should do better. Reducing cost and time overruns in our innovation projects to half or a quarter of current levels are now possible with new methods and computing tools.

To lift innovation process effectiveness to the accepted standards in manufacturing processes, the DSM industry Special Interest Group (DSMiSIG) is launching a six-part webinar series on the application of Dependency Structure Methods and tools (DSM) for eliminating unnecessary complexity in product systems and waste in innovation and production processes.

Webinar participants will learn how to develop better product architectures and optimize operating processes that allow intelligent and seamless integration of product system architectures with production processes across functional borders.

“All too often our product design does not take into consideration the requirements of the production process. Process changes at the manufacturing stage have to accommodate and deal with the shortcomings of sub-optimal product system design” says the head of the DSMiSIG, Mike Stowe, an aerospace engineer.

“The tools and methods exist now to help optimize the innovation process from product design through project planning and project execution right down to the manufacturing floor without having the many problems throughout the product lifecycle that we have been experiencing in industry for a long time. It is time for most of us now to learn how to optimize integration across functional borders with new methods and tools.” says Richard Paynting from Rapid Invention, the webinar organizer.

Webinar presenters are world renowned experts in the application of DSM in industry and business... Case studies from the construction sector, materials handling, manufacturing of large machinery, ICT and the business services sector show how leaders in innovation in industry are using the new tools and methods today. The webinar series of six webinars is a "must attend" for innovation and production process managers, product managers, project managers and production floor managers in industry and for consultants advising industry companies on innovation process.    

About the DSMiSIG
The DSMiSIG is a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide a network for people in industry and business who have an interest in applying Design or Dependency Structure Methods to projects and programs in their enterprise. Our aim is to increase the acceptance and wider application of DSM methods in industry and business for commercial benefit and increased enterprise competitiveness.

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