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8-9 april 2019

Design Structure Matrix (DSM) – Methods & Applications




7A Centralen, Stockholm


8-9 april 2019

Early bird

26 februari 2019, 20% rabatt

Sista anmälning

29 mars 2019


14 900 SEK exkl. moms

About the course

The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving systemsincluding product designs, organizational structures, and process flows. The DSM is a square matrix showing relationships between system elements, which can be product components, software code packages, teams, activities, etc. By analyzing a DSM, one can prescribe a better (e.g., more modular) system architecture or organization. Adding a time-basis to the model enables one to prescribe a faster, lower-risk process. Because the DSM highlights process feedbacks, it helps identify iterations, cycles, and rework loops (key drivers of uncertainty and risk).  

The DSM is concise, visually appealing, and used in many organizations across diverse industries.  Users have found the DSM extremely useful for fostering architectural innovation and enabling the situation awareness that empowers and motivates organizations executing complex processes. This tutorial introduces DSM and applications for product developers, systems engineers, and project and program managers.  Real-life examples are presented from the aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, manufacturing, energy, software, 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. The methods can be applied immediately to systems and projects for quick results and insights.


Prof. Dr. Tyson R. Browning, Ph.D.

Dr. Tyson R. Browning is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, and consultant. He is a full Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he conducts research on managing complex projects (integrating managerial and engineering perspectives) and teaches MBA courses on project management, operations management, risk management, and process improvement. A sought-after speaker, he has trained and advised several organizations, including BNSF Railway, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Siemens, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy.   

Prior to joining TCU in 2003, he worked for Lockheed Martin, the Lean Aerospace Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Honeywell Space Systems, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Abilene Christian University before two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT. 

His research results appear in leading management  journals. He is also the co-author of a book on the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) together with Steve Eppinger, MIT. He has given over 160 academic and industry presentations and workshops in 17 countries. 

Having previously served as a Department or Associate Editor for three journals, he is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management. He is a member of several professional societies: Academy of Management, Decision Sciences Institute, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, International Council on Systems Engineering, Production and Operations Management Society, and Project Management Institute.

Target group

The course is aimed at engineers, managers, and other professionals involved in the design, development, architecting, engineering, or management of complex systems (projects, processes, hardwaresoftwarehumans, or combinations thereof).

Course goal

After the course, participants will be able to build basic DSM models of products, processes, and organizations and actively participate in a team for DSM analysis and product, process, or organization improvement.

Previous knowledge

Basic familiarity with systems engineering or project management in general. A few years of practical experience with complex systems is recommended to enable full appreciation of the course content.

Personal Development Units

This course allows you to apply for 6 PDUs per day (1 PDU per course hour).

Course language


Price and general conditions

14 900 SEK excluding VAT.

The price includes a full set of course material and the book Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications by Steven D. Eppinger and Tyson R. Browning.

Early Bird discount

20% if you register by the 26th of February.

More information

For more information, please contact us at or telephone +46(0)8 660 02 80.

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