Advanced Project Management for Complex Industrial and Societal Challenges
Project leaders In science, engineering, infrastructure, and manufacturing are trained to handle complexity by removing uncertainty, decomposing work into smaller, separate parts, and by applying interchangeable resources to standard work. These traditional techniques work well in certain situations, resting on a century of assumptions from large scale manufacturing operations, stable professions, and simpler products, services, and organizations. However, solving today’s most difficult industrial and societal challenges requires planning, teamwork, and rapid learning sometimes contrary to classic project management.
This course offers a view of emerging model-based methods for project management. Students will learn to view projects as an integrated sociotechnical systems, which perform dynamically causing cost, schedule, and scope emerging in surprising ways. By using a model-based approach, a project digital twin is built. For a project the digital twin allows the rapid generation of hundreds or thousands of alternate project plans across a tradespace. These new techniques are based on “Principles of Design for Teams and Work as Sociotechnical Systems”