Do-It-Right-Fisrt-Time (DRFT) Approach to DSF Restructuring
Author(s)Yassine, Ali A.; Whitney, Daniel E.; Lavine, Jerry; Zambito, Tony
In this paper, we argue, using two real-world applications from the automotive industry, that the biggest benefit of a Design Structure Matrix (DSM) model may come not from resequencing and partitioning, but rather from “rewiring” the process/blocks. By “rewiring” we mean redefining relationships among elements and/or inserting new elements into the matrix. This requires intimate understanding of the process and cannot be done with application of context-free partitioning algorithms. The Do-it-Right-First-Time (DRFT) approach to DSM restructuring is another way to look at a DSM by inspecting the sources of iteration within a block and reversing it through inserting a DRFT activity at the beginning of the block. In other words, we reverse the traditional Design-Build-Test “Cycle” into a DRFT-Design-Build “Sequence”. That is, the "wiring diagram" of a process or system overpowers the behavior of the individual nodes, so changing the system requires changing the wiring.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division
ESD Working Papers;ESD-WP-2002-04