Paris - Cité Universitaire (France)

Tutorial 3: Design Structure Matrix (DSM) Methods and Applications

Date: Friday the December 6th, 2013 – 10:30-17:30

Location: Salon Preyer, Maison Internationale, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris

Speaker: Dr. Tyson R. Browning, Professor, Neeley School of Business, TCU - USA


The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving system architectures, including those of products, processes, and organizations. The DSM helps to confront and manage system complexities and their implications in many organizations across diverse industries. This tutorial introduces the DSM and three distinctive applications useful to product developers, system architects and engineers, and project and program managers.


  • 10:30-12:30: Introduction and applications to system architecting
  • 12:30-14:00: Lunch Break at the Salon Honnorat
  • 14:00-15:30: Applications to organization and process architecting
  • 15:30-16:00: Coffee break in the Amphitheater Adenauer
  • 16:00-17:30: Applications to process architecting and multiple domains

You will find here after short biographies of the speaker:


Tyson Browning

Dr. Tyson R. Browning is Associate Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he conducts research on managing complex projects and teaches courses on project and operations management. Prior to joining TCU in 2003, he worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and the Lean Aerospace Initiative at MIT. He has also worked for Honeywell Space Systems and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Abilene Christian University and two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT.

His internationally recognized research on managing complex projects appears in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Operations Management, Production & Operations Management, Project Management Journal, and Systems Engineering. He is also the co-author of a book on the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) and serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. He has served as a consultant for organizations such as BNSF Railway, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy.