Arena Blog

Parallel Prototyping to Optimize Process Designs

Have you ever been part of poorly run projects? Experienced analysis paralysis? Been frustrated by costly overruns or implementation delays? If so, consider how parallel prototyping can help you harness the power of all team members to create more optimal processes, while avoiding the pitfalls associated with large teams trying to reach consensus.I was recently involved in a project team meeting, one of the best of my career, as ...

Sept. 26, 2018

Designing for Excellence with your Supply Chain

In my early new product introduction (NPI) projects, all of our product data was stored in file cabinets. To release a printed circuit board (PCB) for fabrication, we copied drawings and discs and then physically delivered them to the PCB house—we pushed the data. For each new release, we always received design for manufacturability (DFM) feedback, whether good, bad, or ugly. If the feedback was “good,” manufacturing started immediately ...

Aug. 14, 2018

Closed-Loop CAPA: What Is the Big Deal?

A closed-loop CAPA process can impact a person’s life—and our entire public and private systems.If my phone locks up today and I can’t pay for my skinny mocha latte at Starbucks without pulling out crumpled bills and coins, it costs only my irritation and a slight delay in the line as the cashier and I struggle through an actual cash transaction. However, the failure of my ...

July 30, 2018

Five Tips to Avoid Costly Project Pitfalls

Have you ever served on a project team responsible for implementing a new enterprise software solution that failed to launch? There’s nothing more frustrating than juggling your day job while also participating on a time-intensive project team—only to find that despite everyone’s best efforts to go live under budget and on schedule, the project just falls short.

July 17, 2018