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Engineering and Product Development Management: The Holistic Approach [Hardcover]

Stephen Armstrong
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September 24, 2001 0521790697 978-0521832533 1
This practical guide to the components of engineering management employs a holistic approach. It will help engineers and managers understand how to improve the product development process by deploying new technology and new methods of working in concurrent teams. The book integrates elements from six well-known and understood bodies of knowledge: integrated product development, project management, process management, systems engineering, product data management, and organizational change management. These elements are framed within an overall enterprise-wide architecture. The techniques discussed work for both huge multinational organizations and smaller enterprises. The emphasis throughout is on practical tools for engineers, managers, and consultants responsible for project and product development.

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"Stephen Armstrong's book makes a good contribution to the body of knowledge on product development, and deserves a place in the library of any manager working in this area." Mark Crowne, IEE Review

"Stephen Armstrong's book is an invaluable resource that advocates the integration of technical aspects of engineering with leadership and process management. It is an excellent addition to the libraries of planning, design, and operation engineers, consulting engineers, project and program managers, engineering managers, directors and executives." Daria Babaie, Engineering Dimensions

"...a practical guide to the components of engineering management..." Business Horizons

Book Description

This book is a practical guide to the components of engineering management, using a holistic approach. It will help engineers and managers understand what they have to do to improve the product development process by deploying new technology and new methods of working in concurrent teams. The book takes elements from six well known and understood bodies of knowledge and integrates them into a holistic approach: integrated product development, project management, process management, systems engineering, product data management, and organizational change management. These elements are framed within an overall enterprise-wide architecture. The techniques discussed in this book work for both huge multinational organizations and smaller enterprises.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521790697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521832533
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Holistic Approach is far reaching February 12, 2003
Format:Hardcover
I read this book over the past few months and felt compelled to write a review. The book is very important to me. I have been managing and directing engineering and product development for years and I am a strong and experienced engineer. I have managed some fairly complex and challenging projects for electronic device companies. I realize now that some of these projects and products, while successful, required a lot of energy and effort to carry through. I also realize that I have tended to see these projects as largely "engineer-centered" projects without the needed holism. Further, I now realize that it takes a very special individual to really lead a project. In my case, it was the president of my company who intervened and really made the difference in the process. I understood subconsciously what he was doing. However, it was not until I read the book that I realized how really complex the process was and how the "engineering-centered" view was a potential weak spot in the process.
As part of the rejuvenation of our products, I launched the "new look" project as engineering manager. Early on, it was clear that the project had a lot of skepticism, factions, diverse opinions, and general resistance to change. As Stephen Armstrong suggests, change management is a very profound process to establish and maintain. He also implies that engineers may only focus on the linear and technical process and perhaps not grasp or control the other influences that can affect the success of true product development. In the case of Summit, the president joined the project team and participated actively in the meetings and the process because I think that he knew that this had to be a "holistic" process. This was critical because of the importance of the project to the company.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on PD Processes & Political Management February 9, 2003
By J Curry
Format:Hardcover
The vision of engineering management presented by Stephen Armstrong is one that is both broad in its context and deep in its coverage. He offers the engineering project manager with a extensive set of management tools that, when used in total, will assure project success while improving overall project engineering effectiveness. Managers that employ this methodology will soon find this to be their indispensable desktop reference manual as the progress through the phases of product development.
The demands on the modern engineering manager are greater than they have ever been and the challenges to program success continue to grow exponentially. The rapid growth of technology has resulted in most of the products being developed by current and future companies - large and small - being inordinately complex systems of integrated technologies. This complexity is exacerbated by the complicated interdependencies among the technologies of the various product components. The availability of highly capable e-design, e-analysis, and e-prototyping tools and the growth in new methods that better integrate design and manufacturing are both wonderful benefits and potential burdens to the engineering teams using them. The move to virtual prototyping changes the planning and staffing profiles from that of the traditional project engineering organization. Added to these changes are the increasing demands for shorter and shorter engineering span times accompanied with further expectation that engineering costs must be reduced by factors of 30% to 50% for businesses to remain competitive, and in some cases these reductions are expected to be recurring. These factors bring additional uncertainties and risk to an activity that has traditionally been risky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering and Product Development Management February 9, 2003
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CAMC Book Review
Engineering and Product Development Management: The Holistic Approach, Stephen C. Armstrong, PEng, CEng, FIMechE, CMC; Cambridge University Press:2001. (248 pages, plus 77 pages of appendices; US$55.00, available through "Books for Business" and elsewhere.) Reviewed by Gus Gillespie, P Eng, FCMC.
One of the greatest challenges facing companies that develop, manufacture and sell complex products is bring their new offerings to market on time, on budget and as specified. In spite of its importance, and the great volume of material available on different aspects of the problem, there has been little practical guidance for managing the overall process. With this book, Stephen Armstrong has made a major contribution to closing this gap.
In this tightly crafted work, Mr. Armstrong presents his condensation of twenty years experience as an engineer, an engineering manager and a management consultant focused on bringing highly complex products to market as fast and effectively as possible. Much of his experience has been gained working with aircraft companies around the world. The products of these companies are among the most technically sophisticated and complex machines devised by man, and they are sold in a highly competitive global market. The costs of developing such products is staggering, and companies are literally "betting the farm" with every new product development project. There is no tolerance for errors, omissions or delays - development projects must succeed.
The solution offered by Mr. Armstrong is "a holistic approach": one that looks at all dimensions of the product development challenge and draws on a broad set of management disciplines to ensure the challenge is met. In the first section of his book, Mr.
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