Category Archives: Process

PowerPoint Engineering: Laser Pointer Discipline

This week, I attended a mechanical engineering symposium, the purpose of which was knowledge sharing across business units and groups. A lot of valuable information was presented, which I may discuss in future posts, but there is one takeaway I … Continue reading

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Use a Daily Information Log to Reduce Learning Curve of New Programs

I recently assumed a new position at work: Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL) for a production program. Being an IPTL is not foreign to me. I’ve done it before, so I’m familiar with the toolbox and expectations, but without exaggeration, … Continue reading

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Peer Reviews: A Disappearing Tool

Very often, I am tasked with assessing a team’s requirement verification plan – essentially determining whether or not they have the necessary artifacts to show compliance to each requirement. This involves reviewing drawings, analysis, test data, and inspection reports. In … Continue reading

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The 3D Printing Bubble is NOT Bursting

Recently on LinkedIn, a question posted in the 3D printing entrepreneur group asked if the 3D printing bubble is bursting. While I thought the question was jumping the gun, the ensuing discussion had a range of diverse opinions.  Here is … Continue reading

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Earned Value Management: Issues and Complications

For an overview to Earned Value Management, please refer to this article. My company adopted Earned Value Management in earnest just as I moved into a mechanical engineering lead role, so I found myself in a position where I was … Continue reading

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Earned Value Management 1 – Introduction

Program management philosophies routinely change, and with those changes come new tools and metrics. One of the recently accepted philosophies is Earned Value Management (EVM). Wikipedia has a fantastic article with all of the equations if you’re interested in learning … Continue reading

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PowerPoint Engineering 1: Titles & Take-Aways

As engineers, we will constantly use Microsoft Powerpoint.  Yet, I find it strange that a program so widely utilized is used so poorly.  “PowerPoint Engineering” will be an on-going series of posts, in which I’ll discuss my keys to creating … Continue reading

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