Program Management for Large Scale Engineering Programs

Josef Oehmen, Eric Rebentisch, Kristian Kinscher

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The goal of this whitepaper is to summarize the LAI research that applies to program management. The context of most of the research discussed in this whitepaper are large-scale engineering programs, particularly in the aerospace & defense sector. The main objective is to make a large number of LAI publications – around 120 – accessible to industry practitioners by grouping them along major program management activities. Our goal is to provide starting points for program managers, program management staff and system engineers to explore the knowledge accumulated by LAI and discover new thoughts and practical guidance for their everyday challenges. The whitepaper begins by introducing the challenges of programs in section 4, proceeds to define program management in section 5 and then gives an overview of existing program management frameworks in section 6. In section 7, we introduce a new program management framework that is tailored towards describing the early program management phases – up to the start of production. This framework is used in section 8 to summarize the relevant LAI research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Lean Advancement Initiative
Number of pages70
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
SeriesLAI Whitepaper Series "Lean Product Development for Practitioners"


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