The conference will be based on high quality contributions from leading industry participants, tool developers, and researchers. Different sessions will be offered in alternating order to achieve a diversified exchange of ideas that cover diverse needs in the understanding of complexity management. For persons new to the DSM community, especially industrial practitioners, a number of tutorials will be offered on the first day (included in conference fee).

As a social program, an informal get-together is planned for those arriving early. On the first evening of the conference, ideas can be exchanged over a cocktail and snack event, while the second evening will end with a magnificent dinner at the rotating restaurant at the top of the Munich television tower - 182m above the Olympic Park.

Conference Agenda

Before the Conference (15 October 2007)

Day One (16 October 2007)

  • Tutorials
  • Visit of BMW plant (planned in parallel to tutorials)
  • Keynote Speeches
  • Sessions
  • Social: Cocktail and Snacks

Day Two (17 October 2007)

Day Three (18 October 2007)

  • Sessions
  • Close-Up-Session

Lunches, coffee breaks and beverages as well as the two social events are included in the conference charge. The conference language will be English.


Three different tutorials are offered.

Tutorial A - Introduction to the Design Structure Matrix: Applications to Systems Architecting, Organization Design, Process Analysis, and Project Management
Tyson Browning

The design structure matrix (DSM) helps to plan and manage product architectures, organizational structures, and process flows at the enterprise, program, and project levels. By doing some simple analysis, one can prescribe a modular system architecture or organization structure. Adding a time-basis enables one to prescribe a faster, lower-risk process. Because the DSM highlights process feedbacks, it helps identify iteration and rework loops-key drivers of cost and schedule risk. The DSM can also show how delays in external inputs, such as requirements and equipment, trace directly to increased cost, schedule, and risk. The DSM is concise and visually appealing and is in use in a number of industries, companies, and agencies. People have found the tool extremely useful for fostering architectural and organizational innovation, and for enabling the situation awareness and empowerment that motivates people executing complex processes.
This tutorial introduces the DSM and four distinctive applications useful to product developers, project planners, project managers, systems engineers, and organizational designers. Real-life examples are presented, along with a number of practical applications in the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, information technology, and other industries. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises and come away with a clear understanding of why dependencies and interfaces are important and how to manage them. Participants will leave with a course notebook of descriptive materials and access to free tools that can be applied immediately to projects for quick results and insights.

Tutorial B - Information Driven Management
Mike Danilovic

In complex organizations it is crucial to develop efficient problem solving capabilities in organizing tasks in integrated and cross-functional teams with customers and suppliers, modularization of product architecture and design of a lean process particularly when product development is carried out in multi-project settings. No matter how one organizes the processes into tasks, product architecture into modules, or people into organizations, there will always be interfaces and dependencies between: components and subsystems in the product architecture, between departments in the basic organization, between many different on-going projects, in professional groups, and among individuals who need to share information with others in order to solve problems and produce results. The information is the glue that holds the system together and you have to follow the flow of information.
In this seminar you will get insight in a new approach, Information Driven Management (IDM) and new methods, Dependence Structure Matrix (DSM) and Domain Mapping Matrix (DMM). IDM approach and DSM/DMM methods puts the focus on interdependencies between domains/items such as components in the product architecture, tasks in processes, and people in basic and temporary team settings. Product development is a dynamic process with strong interdependencies between domains such as, customers' requirements, functional and product specifications, architectural design, manufacturing design, and supply chain design. Each domain both enables and constrains the others and each domain has architecture and a logic. Information is the "glue" within each domain and between domains. Therefore, the flow of information within and between domains is crucial in order to solve the problems of organizing teams, designing modular product structures and define lean development and manufacturing processes.

Tutorial C - Multi-Domain Analysis
Maik Maurer

Typically, product development involves many different domains, e.g. components, processes, and people. Even if isolated views on a single domain are helpful for specific applications (e.g. functional modeling in early development phases), the consideration of the overall connectivity is of major importance for planning product adaptations and evaluating resulting consequences. Successfully implemented methods like FMEA or QFD already apply the linking between domains, e.g. of components and functions. However, these approaches represent partial solutions for some specific tasks.
Based on the powerful applications of the Design structure Matrix (DSM) and its supplementing Domain Mapping Matrices (DMMs), recent development provides the methodical enhancement for managing multi-domain networks.
The tutorial introduces the methodical basics of the multi-domain approach and explains its practical application in a systematized process. Required steps are presented by practical use cases from the initial system definition to the final implementation of analysis outcomes. The software tool LOOMEO is presented. It supports users in the entire process, e.g. in data acquisition, structure navigation, analysis, and optimization tasks. Participants of the tutorial receive a fully functional trial-version of the software LOOMEO free of charge.
Participants gain a close insight to the possibilities of managing multi-domain networks as well as to the chances that emerge from controlling complexity in product development.