Masters Theses


"This thesis presents a study of the pre-production manufacturing development processes in a non-design responsible manufacturing company. The manufacturing process development activity is related to the company's overall strategic plan. A system model is developed for this activity, which focuses on tool design and manufacturing, along with other planning activities culminating in the start of production. The system activity is evaluated as to whether the application of Project Management techniques is appropriate. This system model is analyzed in the context of available and appropriate feedback control loops; i.e., management control methods. Critical components of the feedback control are identified for improvement or development.

The improvement process for existing management control is based on techniques used in product development, such as needs identification, analysis, and classification. Analytic Hierarchy Process is used for prioritization of needs for final incorporation into the combined management tools of a project status reporting method and regularly scheduled planning meetings. Improvements are based on the needs analysis which are incorporated according to guidelines for visual control and cognitive human factors. The resulting improvements include changes to the software platform for the actual report, increased richness and meaning of the information contained in the report to the users, according to their stated needs. Other changes are made to the report's primary medium or method of dissemination.

The final improvement to the system is the creation of a project recap, which did not previously exist. A straightforward team brainstorming method is employed, along with an analysis of data types desired. The result is a project recap report that measures overall company performance in terms of cost, schedule, performance, and customer satisfaction"--Abstract, page iii.


Allada, Venkat

Committee Member(s)

Kluczny, Raymond Michael
Liou, Frank W.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2000


ix, 53 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 52).


© 2000 Christopher Lynn Marshall, All rights reserved.

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T 7731

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