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Archive for September, 2010

General / Chalkboard / I Quit

The Flight Risk of GenX Engineers

To get some perspective on what the Gen X mindset looks like in a professional environment, I’m going to turn back to Tammy Erickson at the Harvard Business Review (HBR) again. Across a lot of blog posts and publications, things aren’t so mixed bag for Gen X. They’re sandwiched between two much larger (in terms

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The ‘Value-Add Qualifier’ Principle

How much of your day is spent adding engineering value to your development projects? Think about it for a minute. All that email. That huge list of issues you track in a spreadsheet. Running across the office with those forms because you heard the engineering director finally came out of that meeting. Let’s face it,

General / Books

What is ‘The Goal’ for Engineering?

Besides bringing back memories of years ago, I have to admit, this book got me thinking. In the case of the plant, the goal was to be profitable. The constraints were bottlenecks in production. Alex ends up tweaking and twisting those bottlenecks to up production as well as bring in more sales at lower margins

People / Frustrated Man

The ‘Get It Right The First Time’ Principle

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is to make things differently prior to design release so product issues never get downstream in the first place. As a result, those errors, change orders and issues never turn into firedrills in the first place. Furthermore, it saves other organizations in the company too. Those are