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The Engineering Minefield and Unplanned Work

Regardless of what word you use to describe it, engineering a new product often involves the development of new systems, materials, components or any number of other new items. Any new item will have a number of issues that, if left unresolved, will cause product level issues. And despite analysis, testing, qualification or any other

What is the Impact of Siemens PLM’s HD Strategy on Decision Support?

Siemens PLM’s HD strategy provides stakeholders a way to visually access and navigate information in Teamcenter, Siemens’s PLM offering. For stakeholders that are not heavy PLM users and tend to avoid textual navigation of the system, this new framework provides an easier and faster way to get to information yourself. However, to utilize these capabilities,

Time to Push the Alarm? The Braindrain Threat from Boomer Engineer Retirement

If there were an even distribution of engineers across age groups, then retirement of an entire generation would take away about a third of your staff. However, the saddle shape of the age employment curve means that many engineering organizations are heavily front loaded with Boomer engineers. Furthermore, the far smaller group of Gen X

Spike Awards

Judging the 2010 Spike Awards: Social Computing in Product Development

Do you want a Spike Award? Before you raise your hand, let me clarify. I’m not talking about the Spike Guy’s Choice awards. No, I’m talking about the Spike Awards that recognize the best use of social media and social computing to improve product innovation, development and product management. You can find a lot more