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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 […]

Sep 27, 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 […]

Aug 14, 2018

Closed-Loop CAPA: What Is the Big Deal?

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 […]

Jul 31, 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.

Jul 18, 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… 

Jul 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 […]

Jun 26, 2018