Collective System Design
Collective System Design (CSD) is a process for applying
and implementing the Product Delivery System (PDS) and Manufacturing
System Design Decomposition (MSDD) products or maps.
The PDS/MSDD are tools for significant enhancement of a company's
manufacturing and product delivery capability. The PDS/MSDD
maps provide a logical (and customizable) framework to answer
the question of how to develop a stable and consistent way
to deliver product capability. The CSD process creates the
cultural, human and technical environment necessary to implement
Since the PDS defines the logic of a system design, it is
a valuable communication and evaluation tool of a system's
design intentions and agreed upon implementation strategy.
Simply put, the PDS defines implementation strategy and measures
of success. The measures are not tied to the mechanics of
implementation (called PS's or Physical Solutions). Measures
are tied to successful achievement of the system design intentions
(called FR's or Functional Requirements). The PDS is an open
framework. If a PS does not achieve the FR, the PS is changed.
This change in the system design is then communicated throughout
the organization. PS's are chosen to prevent undesirable effects
on a set of FR's, the result being a predictable (or uncoupled)
The CSD process starts with a management overview of how
to achieve the design intentions of an enterprise through
CSD. Management then tailors the CSD process to meet its needs.
Discovery of true system design intentions and the cultural
environment to evoke change are necessary parts of the ensuing
CSD process. User technical training is required to create
the system design map and system design evaluation measures.
A system design is incomplete until all the FR's defined
by the PDS are fully achieved. Until all PDS requirements
are achieved, the system is unstable in modern manufacturing
terminology since the FR's of the PDS define the conditions
of system stability. When an FR is not met, cost is excessive.
Excess cost is the initial consequence of not meeting system
design FR's. However, over time the cost of not meeting the
FR's leads to more serious consequences and ultimately a product
delivery system that is no longer competitive.
The CSD and the PDS/MSDD provide a new methodology of manufacturing
and enterprise design in general. The use of this logical,
user-developed product delivery approach ensures a company
achieves improved process capability, product reliability,
and cost reduction.