Techniques for Mapping, Analyzing and Improving Complex Multifunctional Product Development Processes


The  objective  of  this  work  is  to  develop  methods  to  map  and  improve  the  Aeroelasticity  SIPOC process at Bombardier Aerospace.  Existing  methods  and  techniques  for  process  mapping  will  be  considered  to  develop  a  process framework  which  will  be  adapted  to  perform  analysis  and  provide  improvements  to  the  process.  Analysis  techniques  will  be  applied  to  detect redundant,  duplicated  or misaligned  process  activities.  Results will provide means to assess and evaluate the discrepancies between the actual and desired processes.  Solutions  will  be  developed  to  reduce  these  discrepancies  to  obtain  a  smoother,  leaner and faster process.  The  process  map  to  be  built  consolidates  different  viewpoints  of  the  process  and  the  engineering knowledge to reflect the interdependencies and the information flow throughout the process. This will contribute to improvement of the structural awareness across different functions that contribute to the process, thus foster more effective coordination of the work.  Application  of the  process  suggestions that  will  given  as  the  deliverable  of  the  project  will  allow  faster  and  leaner  development  process through (1)  better scheduling of tasks and resource allocation (2)  a more streamlined PO  process.

Omer Sheikh & Onur Hisarchiklilar
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Vincent Thomson