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Email is Not Enough: Why Product Development Needs More for Collaboration

Do you remember when you first got email? Mine was through work and I remember something clicking in my head when I realized what it meant. It’s changed the way we work. We no longer had to get on the phone to communicate remotely. It enabled faster and more accurate decisions.

Are Manufacturers Skirting the Edge of Engineering Negligence?

Is the design engineer extinct? Perhaps, but I don’t think that’s the point. Are all of the activities that need to be performed in the development cycle getting done? I believe the answer is a resounding yes. I think the subtle theme in Matt’s article that’s never quite expressly said is whether or not those activities are being done by qualified individuals.

A Framework to Reclaim a Tarnished Yet Worthy Term: Collaboration

How do you feel about the term collaboration? I know. I know. The ‘sigh and roll your eyes’ reaction is a pretty common one. And in fact I react that way myself more often than not. Over the past ten years, collaboration has been used left, right and center to describe just about anything and everything in the product development realm. And as a result, no one really knows what it means anymore. Ask ten people for a definition of collaboration and you’ll get twenty back.

The Subtle Distinction Between Designing and Documenting Products

Last week, I wrote about a topic that generated a lot of discussion over on LinkedIn: Who builds 3D models? Engineers? Designers? Drafters? It’s been an ongoing debate for quite some time. Coming out of that discussion, at least in my mind, I’ve come to some clarity on the topic. But not necessary from a role specific view. In general, I believe there are two sets of activities in the design phase.

Who Builds 3D Models? Engineers? Designers? Drafters?

With that in mind, I started up a conversation over at the ASME professional group over at LinkedIn. Not to get a definitive answer, but at laest to test the waters two years after some direct modeling CAD technology had hit the market. Specifically, I asked “Who should ultimately be the user of CAD tools? Engineer? Designer? Drafter?” Naturally, the question got some strong and opinionated responses.

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