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Boeing 787
Dreamliner
September 25, 2013
A Case Study for Project Management:
Lessons Learned
2
Abdullah Gaznaii
Alfredo M...
Outline
• The Aerospace Industry – An Overview
• 787 Dreamliner Project
• Lessons Learned
• Conclusion
3
The Aerospace Industry
• Aerospace has been an important employer,
providing highly skilled jobs.
• Aerospace manufacturin...
Large Commercial Aircraft (LCA)
• Defined as non-military aircraft with a seating
capacity above 100.
• Today the LCA mark...
787 Dreamliner
• Boeing’s new flagship LCA
• Advanced technology
 Composite material structure
 Propulsion system
 20% ...
Dreamliner Outcome
Planned
(Tier Structure)
Base
(Traditional)
Actual
$4.2
$7.3
$15.0
2
4
6
Project Development Expenditur...
Lessons Learned
8
Lesson 1: Assemble a management team
with requisite expertise
Traditional Supply Chain
Dreamliner Supply Chain
9
Lesson 1: Assemble a management team
with requisite expertise
“Without the requisite skills to manage an unconventional
su...
• New outsourcing model adds complexity,
enforcing need for visibility
• Exostar software alone is not sufficient
• Multi-...
Lesson 3: Cost estimation of a project should
follow a full understanding of all the
underlying costs
12
7.3b 4.2b 15b
Est...
• Accurate cost estimation is critical input for decision making
and to avoid project overruns.
Reduce Cost
𝑅𝑂𝑁𝐴 =
𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖...
• Taking on increased risk of outsourcing
• Hidden costs of integration, cooperation, and
collaboration
• Increased cost a...
• A single tier-1 supplier could drag
the whole product quality down.
• It is essential to have a strict
supplier selectio...
• In such a high tech. and time critical project
suppliers should be provided with:
 On-site quality control
 Close mana...
Lesson 5: Proactively manage relationship
with labour unions
• Is Labour union a stakeholder?
• Boeing approved a big chan...
Lesson 6: Risk-sharing contracts need to
include partner specific incentives/penalties
for timely/late work
• All partners...
Conclusion
19
The project failed to meet the triple constraint:
20
21
Questions?
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  1. 1. Boeing 787 Dreamliner September 25, 2013 A Case Study for Project Management: Lessons Learned 2 Abdullah Gaznaii Alfredo Martinez Jamie Gregory Mohamed F. Sollimon A Case Study for Project Management: Lessons Learned Sorted alphabetically :
  2. 2. Outline • The Aerospace Industry – An Overview • 787 Dreamliner Project • Lessons Learned • Conclusion 3
  3. 3. The Aerospace Industry • Aerospace has been an important employer, providing highly skilled jobs. • Aerospace manufacturing sector has been the technological backbone of American manufacturing. • Decline in employment: > 900 thousand in 1989 < 500 thousand in 2013 4
  4. 4. Large Commercial Aircraft (LCA) • Defined as non-military aircraft with a seating capacity above 100. • Today the LCA market is a duopoly consisting of Boeing and Airbus. • New core business model: Boeing has become a Systems Integrator • Boeing 727 (1960): 2% outsourced • Boeing 777 (1990): 30% outsourced • Boeing 787 (2013): 70% outsourced 5
  5. 5. 787 Dreamliner • Boeing’s new flagship LCA • Advanced technology  Composite material structure  Propulsion system  20% fuel reduction • Multi-tier supply chain  Cut development costs from $7.3 to $4.2 billion  Reduce development time by 2 years 6
  6. 6. Dreamliner Outcome Planned (Tier Structure) Base (Traditional) Actual $4.2 $7.3 $15.0 2 4 6 Project Development Expenditures Cost (Billion) Time (years) • 4 years behind schedule • ~$11 billion over budget 7
  7. 7. Lessons Learned 8
  8. 8. Lesson 1: Assemble a management team with requisite expertise Traditional Supply Chain Dreamliner Supply Chain 9
  9. 9. Lesson 1: Assemble a management team with requisite expertise “Without the requisite skills to manage an unconventional supply chain, Boeing was undertaking a huge managerial risk in uncharted waters.” Mike Bair, Proven marketing expertise Patrick Shanahan, Proven supply-chain management expertise (Tang and Zimmerman 2009) 10
  10. 10. • New outsourcing model adds complexity, enforcing need for visibility • Exostar software alone is not sufficient • Multi-tier and outsourcing practice led to inaccurate information inputs • Recommendations:  Ground rules for accurate and updated information  Assess and manage cultural differences Lesson 2: Supply chain visibility should be improved to ensure issues are addressed on time 11
  11. 11. Lesson 3: Cost estimation of a project should follow a full understanding of all the underlying costs 12 7.3b 4.2b 15b Estimated cost (conventional outsourcing) Estimated cost (new outsourcing model) Actual cost Does that look right?
  12. 12. • Accurate cost estimation is critical input for decision making and to avoid project overruns. Reduce Cost 𝑅𝑂𝑁𝐴 = 𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑎𝑥 (𝐴𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑡𝑠) Reduce equipment and inventory Lesson 3: Cost estimation of a project should follow a full understanding of all the underlying costs
  13. 13. • Taking on increased risk of outsourcing • Hidden costs of integration, cooperation, and collaboration • Increased cost and time necessary to make design changes through multi-tiered suppliers Lesson 3: Cost estimation of a project should follow a full understanding of all the underlying costs
  14. 14. • A single tier-1 supplier could drag the whole product quality down. • It is essential to have a strict supplier selection process to ensure their qualification in terms of:  Technical expertise  Capacity to deliver on time  Meeting expected quality Lesson 4: Improve Tier-1 supplier training and selection process
  15. 15. • In such a high tech. and time critical project suppliers should be provided with:  On-site quality control  Close management of supplier  Technical support if necessary Lesson 4: Improve Tier-1 supplier training and selection process
  16. 16. Lesson 5: Proactively manage relationship with labour unions • Is Labour union a stakeholder? • Boeing approved a big change • Previous history with labour disputes • Costly 2008 strike (September 7th , 8 weeks) • Recommendations:  Utilize previous lesson learned Incurrent risk assessment and management  Involve key stakeholders in the decision making process. 17
  17. 17. Lesson 6: Risk-sharing contracts need to include partner specific incentives/penalties for timely/late work • All partners slow to the speed of the weakest link • Recommendations:  Incentives for Tier-1 suppliers that meet milestones early or on time  Penalties for missed deadlines  Increase buy-in from Tier-1 suppliers 18
  18. 18. Conclusion 19 The project failed to meet the triple constraint:
  19. 19. 20
  20. 20. 21 Questions?

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