Lessons Learned in Aerospace Companies

1. Executive Summary

These services are for managers implementing Virtual Product Development. These services are based on intensive experience implementing IPD in the military and civilian aerospace industry. We address the following questions:

  1. What are the major IPD organizational structures based on?
  2. What are the problems in a typical IPD structure? – communication management, roles and responsibilities, inter-personal relations, etc.
  3. What is the general experience of other companies implementing IPD?

2. Implementing Virtual IPD

2.1 Virtual Integrated Product Development Concepts
2.2 Recruitment & Selection
2.3 Organization & Structure
2.4 Team Building & Communications
2.5 Human Resource Management Practices
2.6 Training & Development
2.7 IPD’s Relationship with other Enterprise Initiatives
2.8 The role of an IPD Architecture Team and the Process Owners

3. Recommended Best Practices Approach

3.1 Management Practices

  • How To Create a Climate that Embraces Change
  • Preferred Business Process
    • Business Process Overview
    • Digital Product Definition
    • 3D Solid Pre-Assembly
    • Concurrent Engineering
    • Co-Located Design Build Teams
    • Manufacturing Key Characteristics
    • Design as Built
    • Integrated Schedules
    • Integrated Work Statement
  • Defining Key Program Measures
  • How to Perform Project Reviews

3.2 Organisation Development

  • IPT Leader Selection Process
  • IPT Member Selection Process
  • Personal Development Programs
  • Partner Reviews
  • Vendor/Sub-Contract Reviews
  • Engineering Reviews
  • Organisation and Structure
  • Roles and Responsibilities for the New Program Team
  • Team Building for New Program Team
  • How To Perform Effective Communications
  • How To Plan a Career Path
  • Appraisal methods
  • Reward methods
  • How To Develop an Implementation Plan

3.3 Program Management

  • Program Phasing
  • Exit Criteria
  • Task Structuring (WBS)
  • Project Planning and Control
    • Schedule and Networks
    • Reporting Charts
  • Configuration Management
  • How To Perform Risk Management
  • Program Management Organisation Roles & Responsibilities
  • Procurement
  • Make/Buy
  • Operations Planning and Control
  • Cost Management
  • Organisation Breakdown Structure and Work Package Allocation
  • Program Management Implementation Plan