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Managing Complex Development Projects: A Case Study of the Use of the System Anatomy
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Jolex AB, Värmdö, Sweden.
2005 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
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This paper investigates the use of a construct called the system anatomy for planning and controlling projects developing complex systems. The anatomy shows, in a compact form, the most crucial dependencies in the system from the perspective of how it ‘comes-to-life’, hence the concept of an ‘anatomy’. The key point in using the anatomy for project planning is to develop and verify the system in the same order as it ‘comes-to-life’. The project plan in made up in three steps. The first step is to define the anatomy itself. This is followed by the grouping of functions into verifiable integration steps called increments. Finally, regular time and resource plans are made for each increment. Thus, the planning can be characterized as an integration driven procedure. This approach has been used extensively at Ericsson, a leading manufacturer of telecommunication systems worldwide. It has proven to be very successful, especially in terms of promoting communication and developing a shared understanding about the project.

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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111356OAI: diva2:755615
Portland International Conference on Management of Technology and Engineering, PICMET ’05, July 31 – August 4, 2005, Portland, Oregon, USA
system anatomy, project management, integration driven development, Ericsson, commonality of meaning
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