Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

An experienced Operations Manager, he has managed critical Department of Defense programs, projects, and business lines; spanning multiple engineering maintenance disciplines including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and instrumentation and controls systems.

Listen for the Sound of Your Own Success

Great Leadership By Dan

Essentially, you must learn to be a “safety engineer.” Safety engineering simply assures that a critical system behaves as needed, even when components fail. But when it comes to corporate America, people face time constraints, agendas and goals. Safety Engineering.

What Engineering a Reverse Innovation Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

Engineers are very good at solving problems they know are problems. Companies can envision the process of engineering reverse innovations before any metal is cut, plastic is molded, or prototypes made.

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

This is Hanna''s story of how she''s working to create a common language to integrate design thinking with science and engineering. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

Good Jugaad and Bad Jugaad

Lead Change Blog

It is like Good Cholesterol (HDL) and Bad Cholesterol (LDL), terms we have gotten used to hearing from our doctors who explain them in layman’s language, but with Jugaad the audience is us Engineers. There has been a lot of interest in the term “Jugaad” in the last couple of years.

Values in Dynamic Tension

Great Leadership By Dan

Reality , time constraints, emergencies, etc. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Amazon best sellers The Culture Engine and Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard. Guest post from S.

Leading a “Mozart”

Lead Change Blog

But they can propel us to greatness by being the spark plug for the organization’s innovation engine. External controls trigger their aversion to restrictions and constraints. He was arguably the greatest composer who has ever lived.

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Bridging the Gap to Your Goals: Building a Span That Lasts

RapidStart Leadership

But if you ignore the environment the bridge is built in, you risk spectacular collapse, as the engineers of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge learned in 1940. Funding constraints and political battles doomed productive efforts until the 1930s.

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Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

Engineering and creating sustainable advantage is the focus of the new paradigm for strategy management, detailing how the intersection of intelligence and innovation come together to deliver and sustain superior financial performance and value creation.


N2Growth Blog

Typically, there are many strategic initiatives required to realize an organization’s strategy, and there are usually more of them than can be done within time and financial constraints. Engineered to Win. Your approach to strategy management should be specifically engineered for your organization. By Mark Hefner. Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth. ADVANTAGE STRATEGY. Five Paradigm-Shifting Principles.

A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

Tanveer Naseer

It was a wonderful moment for the normally staid engineering team. Landing on Mars is a huge engineering challenge. But to the young engineers it was simply a challenge to be bested. Unfortunately, much of the engineering data and expertise was long gone.

Someone = Us!

Mills Scofield

What was a ‘job shop’ is now a high-tech and biomedical design and engineering company with rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing up to full-scale injection molding capabilities. When you see a need or issue, what do you do?

4 Ways to Improve Your Internet Marketing

Strategy Driven

It creates a sense of anticipation of an entertaining or informative video and extends the average viewing time which helps videos rank higher in the YouTube and Vimeo search engines, respectively. This gets around any quality and time constraint concerns. For any small business, having an effective strategy to market the business well is important.

Three Simple Tips to Start Solving Problems in Your Business Today

Steve Farber

David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. ” After visualizing the solution without constraints, you’re free to work backward to create it, rather than just tweaking the current system with incremental changes.


Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

reduced due to time constraints, but if you wanted to get a head start on finding the best ones, check out this list by Mike Myatt, and this one by Jurgen on [.] Engineering Manager with Adobe Systems).

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The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

Mills Scofield

In one of my first projects at Bell Labs, I was the system engineer on three different messaging services. I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo.

People Copy Examples and Wonder Why They Don’t Succeed

Deming Institute

If your organization decides to focus on rapidly continually improving processes and you find that software used in the organization is constantly is a constraint to such efforts you may wish to deal with this problem. And for each part required for an automobile; found the best one available, if you- then instructed the engineers to take those parts off the automobiles and assemble the best possible automobile out of all the best parts, you would not get an automobile.

What the Mission to Mars Shows About India’s Innovators

Harvard Business Review

The success of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in placing the Mangalyaan satellite into orbit around Mars last week has three important lessons for companies about winning in emerging markets: big ambitions are critical, constraints can be liberating, and India can be an R&D powerhouse. ISRO’s success is best characterized as frugal engineering. Indian engineers cost less, for sure. Constraints need not be limiting.

Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business Review

These companies have become agile in name only, as the process they’ve put in place often ends up hurting engineering motivation and productivity. These requirements were put into a ticket queue as tasks for the next available engineer to start working on.

Frugal Innovation: Lessons from Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Renault-Nissan

Harvard Business Review

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, famously coined the term "frugal engineering" in 2006. He was impressed by Indian engineers' ability to innovate cost-effectively and quickly under severe resource constraints. During the panel discussion, Ghosn explained that Western automakers must sacrifice the "bigger is better" R&D model and adapt to frugal engineering. Yet engineers and scientists love challenges.

Reverse Innovation Starts with Education

Harvard Business Review

Reverse innovation is also a significant learning opportunity for students in engineering. Engineering graduates are good at solving problems. Engineers have an opportunity to reframe the problem space and identify a whole new set of problems if they ask this question: How do we engineer and design products to solve the world ’s toughest challenges? Historically, multinationals innovated in rich countries and sold those products in poor countries.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business Review

I wasn’t a software engineer, and I was tempted to leave agile methods to the geeks. It drives continuous improvement as teams attack constraint after constraint in pursuit of perfection. We identify and remove constraints to the innovation process.

Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

Harvard Business Review

Infomocracy , by governance researcher Malka Older, explores how software could change our public institutions through the social and technical engineering of elections. Assumptions toppled Kodak despite the fact that its engineers built the first digital camera in 1975. Exploring fictional futures frees our thinking from false constraints. At the end of the 19th century, New York City stank.

Reversing the Curse of Dominant Logic

Harvard Business Review

Increase R&D spending in emerging markets and focus it on local needs: Harman's core competency is engineering, and Paliwal shifted the engineering function's center of gravity from Germany and the United States to key emerging markets. Radical goals such as this one apply constraints to a project — and the constraints illuminate novel ways of thinking.

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Designing the Machines That Will Design Strategy

Harvard Business Review

It has at least 21 data science systems , which include several supply chain optimization systems, an inventory forecasting system, a sales forecasting system, a profit optimization system, a recommendation engine, and many others. kenneth andersson FOR HBR.

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Harvard Business Review

After all, the first prototype of a digital camera was created in 1975 by Steve Sasson, an engineer working for … Kodak. Maybe in 2010 it would have lured a young engineer from Google named Kevin Systrom to create a mobile version of the site.

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business Review

Beyond shipping new features on a regular cadence and keeping the peace between engineering and the design team, the best PMs create products with strong user adoption that have exponential revenue growth and perhaps even disrupt an industry. Authentic and trusting relationships within an organization can lead to more support if additional funding is needed for a product or to sway an engineer to include a quick bug fix in the next sprint. Aron Vellekoop Len/Getty Images.

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

Harvard Business Review

For some real-world perspective on becoming a first-time manager, I reached out to my friend Dr. Jim Mitchell, a computer scientist who made the leap into management from an engineering position, eventually retiring as Vice President at Oracle Laboratories.

3 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Solve Their Talent Problem

Harvard Business Review

Even when funded, social entrepreneurs cannot compete head to head on that basis; in the survey, even entrepreneurs with a high level of funding continued to cite budget constraints as a top hiring barrier. Vincent Tsui for HBR.

Turkey Badly Needs a Long-Term Plan for Syrian Refugees

Harvard Business Review

When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested citizenship for some Syrians, especially doctors and engineers, there was a backlash. My research and the work of others suggest that targeted training programs, tax incentives, and steps to ease credit constraints could offset, at least partially, the financial cost of accommodating Syrian refugees, not to mention future social costs. Turkish people love to boast about their hospitality.

The Biases You Don't Know You Have

Harvard Business Review

phony", "risk-averse"), rather than considering behavior within the constraints of a situation. We usually have incomplete information about the constraints other people face. We may have perfect knowledge of situational constraints, as well as realistic expectations, yet we may not perceive Jack's behavior accurately. Evidence shows that we are engineered to make quick judgments about people and situations, then correct errors as more data becomes available.

Putting Humans at the Center of Health Care Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Each locates interdisciplinary innovation labs within or near hospital environments; involves diverse stakeholders beyond clinicians (designers, engineers, business professionals, and patients) early in the innovation process ; and engages end users in customizing solutions for their own needs. This is the first time within the NHS that designers, engineers and clinicians have been brought together to co-create. Bogdan Dreava/EyeEm/Getty Images.

Why Top Management Should Listen to Activist Investors

Harvard Business Review

Activists’ interventions are often described, favorably or not depending on your point of view, as slashing and burning, taking out cost, and engaging in financial engineering. You have clearly thought about these strategic questions before, but constraints on your business and short-term issues may have stood in the way of the answers – or at least at looking at the questions as an outsider might, and possibly arriving at different conclusions about the business.

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution

Harvard Business Review

Think of them as a chance to create an engine of growth for you personally and for the company: Commit to an identity. DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR.

When Bureaucracy Is Actually Helpful, According to Research

Harvard Business Review

Don saw that proactively managing these bureaucratic constraints would allow the crew to move forward with their substantive work. This was a bureaucratic problem as well as a technical one, because the organization required that the engineers’ drawings match the machine exactly and that every change to the design be carefully documented. Pete, an engineer, met Terry and Mark in the lab. william bout/unsplash.

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future

Harvard Business Review

The question we asked: How might a shortage of science, technical, engineering, and math (STEM) talent affect the growth of life sciences companies? Crowd sourcing will become a fundamental R&D engine. Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present.

3 Reasons Global Firms Should Keep Investing in India

Harvard Business Review

This means significant growth potential for multinationals who have core competencies in high-tech infrastructure solutions such as jet engines, turbines, CT scanners, and satellite communications. All the same, some global consumer companies, such as Unilever, Xiaomi, Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, LG, Samsung, and Colgate , have been able to overcome challenges and constraints to do spectacularly well in the middle-of-the-economic-pyramid. boris sv/Getty Images.

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing the real-world constraints that managers and engineers face, we developed a simple three-step procedure for creating rubrics that improve yes-or-no decisions. Machines can now beat humans at complex tasks that seem tailored to the strengths of the human mind, including poker, the game of Go, and visual recognition.

Use Tension and Conflict to Create Breakthrough Products

Harvard Business Review

I''ve written before about the science that helps explain why and how constraints and limits, often in the form of intelligent, well-set stretch goals, result in more creative solutions. A more powerful engine is a bigger and heavier engine, and so it makes more noise and consumes more fuel.

How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

Harvard Business Review

If you find yourself dwelling on what holds you back, Johnson recommends “reframing the constraints.” “The constraints are actually helpful.” Joel Hendley, the Director of Engineering, North America, for Liferay, the California-based software company, speaks from personal experience when he says that “making a significant change” is not always the answer to “weathering mid-career anxiety” and discontent.

How Western Multinationals Are Responding to the Escalating U.S.-China Trade War

Harvard Business Review

Lower-wage countries like Vietnam and Cambodia have little spare production or skilled human capacity left, even in relatively low-skilled sectors like textiles and garments, let alone the advanced precision tooling, materials handling, and process engineering and development skills that a U.S.

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The 6 Most Common Innovation Mistakes Companies Make

Harvard Business Review

Executives often get fooled by inspiring stories of engineers at companies like 3M or Google coming up with germs of ideas in the 15-20% of their time they allocate to side projects. Constraints and creativity are surprisingly close friends. The problem was clear.

The CEO's Frugal Innovation Agenda

Harvard Business Review

Frugal innovation is the ability to innovate cost-effectively and sustainably under severe resource constraints. In our last blog post , we showed how Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan and inventor of the concept of "frugal engineering", is reinventing his entire company so it can innovate faster, better, and cheaper in a complex and resource-scarce global environment.