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Tyson R. Browning

“Workshop on Design Structure Matrix (DSM) Methods and Applications”

Tyson R. Browning

Department Editor, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Associate Professor of Operations Management
Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, United States

Tues 23 September 2014, 2-5pm

Professor Tyson Browning will be giving a seminar on 26 Sep.
Please click on the following link for more info.

The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving systems, including product architectures, organizational structures, and process flows. The DSM is a square matrix showing relationships between system elements. These elements can be components, teams, activities, or others. By analyzing the DSM, one can prescribe a better (e.g., more modular) system architecture. Adding a time-basis enables one to prescribe a faster, lower-risk process. Because the DSM highlights process feedbacks, it helps identify iterations and rework loops—key drivers of cost and schedule risk.

The DSM is concise and visually appealing and is used in many organizations across diverse industries. Users have found the tool extremely useful for fostering architectural innovation and enabling the situation awareness and empowerment that motivates the people executing complex processes.

This workshop introduces the DSM and three distinctive applications useful to 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.

Participants Should Expect To:
  • Come away with a clear understanding of why dependencies and interfaces are important—and why they are often mismanaged—in system architectures, organizations, and processes.
  • Find out what a Design Structure Matrix is and how to use it to model and improve at least three kinds of systems.
  • Be able to describe a product architecture—including both components and interfaces—and explore system decomposition, modularity, and integration issues.
  • Learn how to model the information flow in an organization and how to improve organizational integration, coordination, and collaboration.
  • Learn to organize complex design processes effectively and how to prescribe and manage a workflow with reduced cost and schedule risk.
  • Come away knowing how to make design processes “leaner,” faster and cheaper while avoiding some of the typical pitfalls accompanying such efforts.
  • Understand how to apply DSM to several project and program management applications.

About the speaker:
Dr. Tyson R. Browning ( is an internationally recognized expert in the design structure matrix (DSM). He is Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, where he teaches MBA courses on Operations, Project, Program, and Risk Management and Six Sigma and conducts research on managing complex programs and processes. He has previous work experience with Lockheed Martin, Lean Aerospace Initiative, Honeywell Space Systems, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and he has consulted for organizations such as BNSF Railway, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Southern California Edison, U.S. Navy, and two European research consortia on complex systems. Dr. Browning earned his Ph.D. from MIT. He has authored numerous papers for conferences and journals, including Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Scheduling, Project Management Journal, and others. He is an Associate Editor for Systems Engineering and a Department Editor for IEEE-TEM. He is the co-author (with Steven Eppinger) of the recent book, Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (2012, MIT Press).