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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

Is the Age Profile of Engineering a Saddle?

Imagine if we mapped the number of engineers (y-axis) against their age (x-axis) for a particular engineering organization. What would the distribution curve look like? Well based on historical hiring demand and the relative sizes of different generations, we can project what it would look like. It resembles a saddle.

The End of Engineering’s ‘Black Box’ Operations?

The issues around designing and engineering a product are often so complex, it can be difficult to relate that to other stakeholders in the development process, including those in the c-suite. That’s why these other stakeholders have traditionally seen design and engineering activities as far more of an art and than science. To them, engineering