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Implications of Agile and Scrum in Mechanical Design

Recently, many mechanical engineering teams are contemplating the adoption of agile methods for design. This post covers the implications.

Specialized System Design. It Matters. Here’s why.

There’s no doubt about it: system engineering seems to be a hot issue over the course of the last year. As I’ve dug deeper and deeper into this discipline, I’ve been a bit surprised at some of the specialization I uncovered. I mean, isn’t system engineering all the same? No. All system engineering is not …

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Generative Design and 3D Printing: Revolutionizing Design?

November brought news for both Generative Design and 3D Printing. This post explains how the intersection of these two trends could revolutionize design.

You Might Not Know It, But You’re Designing Systems

Does your company need system engineering? That’s a basic question that an increasing amount of companies are starting to ask themselves. No organization can afford to really ponder these kinds of questions without some motivation. No, there’s a reason they are becoming introspective in this way: there are some serious implications of failed system-level prototypes. …

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Adopting System Engineering: All, None or… Just a Little?

Many experts boastfully claim that organizations must adopt all system engineering practices to reap any benefits. This post challenges that stance. All of it. You need all of it. That’s the message that seems to float around system engineering practices and principles. You see, while I attended a number of conferences over the course of the …

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Terminology Trap: The Model Based Enterprise

Terminology. Terminology. Terminology. One of the base challenges that this industry faces is terminology. This space, software supporting engineering and development, is literally overrun with existing technology and concepts of how to use them. So when a software provider comes up with something new, something they don’t want the industry to see as merely an enhancement but …

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Connectivity, Smart Software and Machine Learning

Today, the landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT) is awash with new and exciting technology that can empower miraculous product capabilities. Collecting and analyzing the right data can yield insights that may hold the power to transform a company. Building the right intelligence and automation can transform an industry. The visions are grandiose. Yet, most companies today struggle with a short and simple question: How do we get there?

Simulation Driven Design: Past Failures, Future Promise

Simulation Driven Design has long promised great benefits. This post reviews some failures from the past and emerging solutions with hope for the future. How long have we been contemplating the promise of simulation driven design? For those of you that may be new to the concept, simulation driven design is the idea of running …

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In IoT Era, IT Becoming Fourth Key Role in Product Development

I remember back in 2006 when I first heard the term mechatronics. At that time, the term described a burgeoning concept that traditional products were undergoing a transformation. They were no longer just composed of mechanical hardware: electronic hardware and embedded software were increasingly part of products. That idea, of course, carried some serious implications for product …

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