#010 – Olivier de Weck – Technology Roadmapping and Quantitative Technology Management

MIT Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems


Discussion with Prof. Olivier de Weck about Technology Roadmapping. Including his 2022 book “Technology Roadmapping and Development: A Quantitative Approach to the Management of Technology”

Olivier is Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT & the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. Previously Olivier was Editor-in-Chief for INCOSE’s Systems Engineering journal and Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping at Airbus.

Links from discussion:

  1. MIT Professional Education courses (including Technology Roadmapping): https://professional.mit.edu/programs/faculty-profiles/olivier-de-weck
  2. Olivier’s 2022 Book: “Technology Roadmapping and Development”: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-88346-1
  3. MIT’s Roadmaps Home Page: https://roadmaps.mit.edu/index.php/Main_Page

Time stamps:

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:01:00 What is technology Rd mapping and why should their organisation be doing it?
  • 00:02:10 1962 JFK speech “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade…” example of a roadmap?
  • 00:05:55 Figures of Merit (FoM), Utopian points, unachievable roadmaps & solar powered aircraft
  • 00:10:22 Multidisciplinary nature of roadmaps & CFOs Chief Financial Officer is perhaps the most powerful person in the company
  • 00:13:54 Value of traceability. Strategic Drivers to Roadmaps to Figures of Merit to R&D Projects Portfolio
  • 00:16:47 Size of organisations to use roadmaps. Airbus is very complicated company…
  • 00:19:03 Interfacing to suppliers of subsystems (e.g. aero engines)
  • 00:23:36 Large amounts of information & keeping roadmaps updated
  • 00:30:53 Disruptive innovation and Figure of Merit Changes
  • 00:33:40 Handling disruptions from outside an industry (e.g. COVID-19, September 11th, Financial crisis of 2008)
  • 00:36:51 MIT Online Course on Technology Roadmapping
  • 00:38:14 Closing