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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Optimizing the Project Plan Using the Design Structure Matrix

The WBS represents a significant portion of the overall project plan. It lays out what will be done, when each task is expected to start and finish, who will do which task(s), and so forth. A nagging concern I always have had about such plans is not so much whether they are "right" but whether they could be improved. As it turns out, a concept discussed earlier in this text that is the basis for the Requirements Self-Interaction matrix approach has been adapted for analyzing processes (Browning, 1998).

The Design Structure Matrix (DSM) is a method that was developed to address issues in systems development where the following conditions are present:

  • Product development is slowed by

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