Project Management and Boeing’s 787 Battery Blues

I found interesting this article by Prof. Tang and Zimmerman and this interview with Prof. Tang about complex Project Management like the one needed to build the 787 Dreamliner, and the problems and risks associated with it.

Needless to say I wonder what it could come out by looking at the IT part of this project. We know that IT projects are almost by definition exceedingly over budget, outrageously behind schedule and full of bugs. Add to this that for the 787 Dreamliner detailed requirements, specifications and integrations have been left to tier 1 suppliers, that for the first time ever the entertainment system is on the same network as the flight-control system, and I am not sure of what has been the final outcome. On the other side, if the IT part of the project has come out right, I believe we have a lot to learn from it.

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