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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

Great Products Begin With Great Requirements

Every quarter, I work with undergraduates who are studying Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity. When asked to identify a problem and design an appropriate solution, they are quick to propose technological interventions such as new websites or mobile apps as their final projects... 

July 9, 2018

Connecting Distributed Teams in an Era of Accelerating Innovation

Ray Kurzweil—best-selling author, entrepreneur, futurist, inventor, and currently Director of Engineering at Google—famously made the point that technology is advancing more quickly than ever before. For example, the number of transistors on a semiconductor has been doubling about every two years for the past four decades in accordance with Moore’s Law. And, as Kurzweil points out in in his 2005 book The Singularity is Near*, DNA sequencing ...

June 26, 2018