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Could Engineering Transform into a Networked Service?

At the end of November, in a post called Are Engineers and their Employers Growing More Distant, I cite some points from a blog post by Jeffrey Pfeffer over at the Harvard Business Review called Take Care of Yourself First. I obviously saw this as a proof point behind a widening gap between engineers and manufacturers, but I think there’s also a little more at work here.

Does SharePoint Add Complexity to PLM?

It is a fast-paced and complicated world, isn’t it? While we’ve gotten instant access to information around the world, I think it’s gotten harder for each of us individually to really understand what’s going on in the world. There’s simply too much to register. I think that’s why, in general, we like concise perspectives that distill the gist of a situation so we can come to a conclusion and move on quickly.

Is Teamwork the Key to Simulation Driven Design?

Back at the beginning of December, I published a post titled The Very Real Skillset Challenges of Simulation Drive Design. It identified four main areas of knowledge or skills needed to really make a simulation driven design initiative successful including. It also looked at some typical engineer roles and their ability to gain and keep these four types of skills or knowledge.

What’s the Importance of Employee Alignment in Engineering?

Now, we all know the engineering organization is horridly busy. Development projects are sorely understaffed and engineers are overworked. But if the engineering manager is to take on an enabling role for the organization, not as an individual contributor but one that drives greater productivity from the entire organization, they must take on this challenge.

PDM-less PLM: Is It Pragmatic or Just Problematic?

Since PLM was first conceived, it has almost been inseparable from PDM. The majority of PLM deployments included PDM as part of the PLM deployments. However, more recently, the idea that PDM must be deployed with PLM has been eschewed. Some new PLM solutions only offer plug-ins or integrations to 3rd party PDM systems, all of which is optional. Is this a good or bad idea?

Do Engineers Have the Broadest Reach Within The Enterprise?

A few days ago, I came across a very interesting blog post over at that details out a Day in the Life of an Automotive Design Engineer by Pawl Bearing. Besides being a somewhat funny and perhaps scary read, I think its fascinating because it seems like a realistic view into the day to day life of an engineer.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Projections for the Engineering Profession

All this set me off to find some definitive source of occupational projections around the engineering profession. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a highly credible source that’s readily available. The United States Department of Labor released a fairly comprehensive projection for the decade between 2008 and 2018 across all functional professions with a specific area that focuses on engineering.

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Engineering Executive Chris Weiss on Talent Management in His Organization

A couple weeks ago, I published a post introducing Talent Management in the context of the engineering organization. I honestly believe adopting more efforts like these can be the difference in manufacturers recruiting and retaining top level engineering talent in their organizations. But instead of extolling the virtues of this type of initiative, I figured …

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The Very Real Skillset Challenges to Simulation Driven Design

It feels like we’ve been talking about simulation driven design for a really really long time. Doesn’t it? The whole idea is to setup and run simulations of a product’s performance early in the design cycle and base design decisions off those results. This approach is in contrast to using simulation towards the end of the design cycle, prior to prototype and testing or even just prior to design release, to validate and verify product performance. It might seem like a nuanced difference to some, but theoretically it can make a huge difference.