Professor Steven Eppinger

General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor & Professor of Management Science and Innovation , Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management

Steven Eppinger is Professor of Management Science and Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management where he holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair. Prof Eppinger teaches interdisciplinary courses at both the masters and executive levels in product design and innovation, technical project management, and engineering leadership.

He is co-author of the textbook Product Design and Development (McGraw-Hill). Now in its seventh edition, the text has been translated into several languages and used by hundreds of universities and hundreds of thousands of students. Dr. Eppinger's research is applied to improving complex technical projects in a wide range of industries and is the basis of the book titled Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (MIT Press). His current research is helping to translate the process of agile software development to a wider range of technical projects. His work has contributed to fields ranging from project management and systems engineering to product development and product management. He is one of the most widely cited scholars in the engineering design and technical management disciplines.

Prof. Eppinger has served as Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and has chaired many of MIT’s interdisciplinary masters degree programs (System Design and Management - SDM, Integrated Design and Management - IDM, Leaders for Global Operations - LGO, and Leaders for Manufacturing - LFM). He has also held a joint appointment at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division. He received S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Session Track: Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Wednesday, May 17 11:10 am – 11:40 am General Session | Hall B

Embracing Agile Product Development

MIT Professor Steven Eppinger discusses Agile development techniques and how they are just as applicable to physical product creation as they are to software. His research has found that the key to adopting Agile methods in mechanical and systems engineering is to make appropriate “adjustments” to the standard Agile approach. Building upon his recent paper, Eppinger explains how some organizations at the leading edge of engineering practices are unlocking the potential of Agile product development by embracing time-boxed sprints and related Agile methods.

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