GLOBAL CHARTER of the
PROJECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) is dedicated to developing and deploying knowledge and tools for the management of
project production systems and the management of organizations that produce and
deliver goods and services through such systems. Project production systems
include construction, product development, software engineering, air and sea
ship building, work order systems, job shops, performing arts productions, oil
field development, and health care delivery.
Iris Tommelein (email@example.com) is Executive Director and Professor
Glenn Ballard (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Research Director of P2SL.
We are working in close collaboration with colleagues in various
departments at UC Berkeley as well as with colleagues at other
universities in the US and abroad.
The Laboratory is a research unit
at the University of California,
Berkeley, housed under the umbrella of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society).
Inspired by the accomplishments of the Toyota
Production System and its applications in and beyond manufacturing under the
flag of ‘lean production’, P2SL has chosen to focus on lean delivery of custom products.
Custom products (goods or services) are designed, made, and delivered through
projects. Even products intended for mass production are initially designed and made through projects.
Consequently, the project is arguably the most fundamental form of production
system. However, the development of production theory was historically driven
by the challenges and opportunities of repetitive manufacturing, from which
perspective projects are oddball, peripheral forms of production. Further, project
management has been developed in isolation from production theory altogether.
through experimentation how to effectively design, execute and systematically
improve the performance of projects is the mission of P2SL. Successful pursuit of this mission promises
enormous benefits for society.
P2SL researchers conduct contract research for entities such as the National Science Foundation and
the Construction Industry Institute. In addition, P2SL organizes
research and education around a number of different initiatives under the
umbrella of the various types of project production system.
example, a Northern California Construction Industry initiative has been
launched with a number of industry partners, with the objective of functioning
as a learning laboratory as the industry embraces lean production and the
challenge of adapting its concepts and techniques to the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) domain.
does not intend to retain any rights to intellectual property produced through
its research, but rather to make all research findings and products available,
first to its industry partners, then to the general public.