Integrated program management support system is key to automotive future

Faced with stiff competition in the global marketplace, automotive manufacturers have been searching for ways to increase efficiency, reduce costs, increase turnaround time, and develop a higher quality car.The Program Management Support System (PMSS) may be the key to the future success of the auto industry.A PMSS is the juxtaposition of technology with project management processes and disciplines to facilitate: planning and scheduling, resource and cost management, configuration and change management, and risk control.The PMSS is meant to be a team effort integrating representatives from all disciplines.The PMSS team focuses on planning, scheduling, and controlling the program with input from all the representative disciplines.A PMSS provides: an integrated vehicle plan, early warning system for potential problems, updated picture of the entire vehicle, alterative analysis, efficient utilization of resources, improved communication, and objective and independent assessment.
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