The cost of delay on technical projects ranges from several thousand dollars per day to hundreds of thousands per day. The cost of delay for each project in an organization should be calculated accurately and used as a major factor for project prioritization…Read more
One of the most important success criteria for projects according to Project Management Institute studies is sufficient management support. The support needed includes resource allocation, clear prioritization, flexibility, and adequate knowledge of modern project management best practices…Read more
Project prioritization and resource allocation challenges afflict many businesses, because of the complexity associated with technology-oriented projects. This seminar helps managers responsible for P&L that depends on project success to quickly gain knowledge of best practices for resource management across multiple projects and project prioritization; and knowledge of relevant software tools…Read more
This workshop teaches skills needed to lead projects, drive innovation, and influence others in an engineering role or similar technical role. Participants learn the differences between leadership and management and how to develop specific leadership abilities that are important to engineers and technical professionals. The most important leadership traits that apply to engineering and technical project leadership responsibilities are emphasized. Participants engage in exercises that assess their individual leadership abilities and provide guidance for further development…Read more
Top-tier engineers have a skill-set that sets them apart from other engineers. They know that much more than technical proficiency is needed for on-the-job success.
Top-tier engineers have business skills, management skills and interpersonal aptitude—the ability to influence others, navigate conflict, negotiate with others, and communicate openly and clearly.
This workshop helps to quickly develop the balanced skill-set that’s necessary for career advancement…Read more
Engineers need a balanced skill-set that includes business acumen and the ability to tailor communication to the needs of stakeholders. Executives, customers, managers, colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders have different business expectations and communication needs/preferences that must be well-understood by engineers. This workshop helps engineers and managers to quickly develop essential business and communication skills that are necessary for job success and advancement…Read more
Engineering Project Management
“Agile” has become a hot buzzword… and rightfully so. Those who have embraced its goodness have delivered more valuable solutions in less time and with fewer resources. Unfortunately for many teams Agile, as it has been defined for pure software products, is not a perfect fit. While Agile evangelists attempt to drive scrums and sprints, other stakeholders from engineering leaders to production managers often scramble to adapt their processes and thinking — with frustrating results…Read more
A critical element of Agile success is validation of solutions with customers. However, getting timely feedback is often a challenge for teams. This program focuses on how to work effectively with real target customers to identify needs, prioritize features and attributes, and validate releases throughout the Agile development process…Read more
This workshop teaches the fundamentals of project management that are relevant to the needs of most engineers and engineering managers. A key objective of the workshop is to provide an approach to engineering project planning that enables project teams to put together realistic, comprehensive plans quickly.
Traditional, iterative, and hybrid project lifecycle models are introduced, with exercises that show how to plan projects for successful outcomes using best-practices that will fit within most existing product development processes. An Engineering Project Plan Template is provided, which is useful for companies that don’t use a template; and for those that do use a template it can be used to enhance your engineering project plans…Read more
Practical Agile Project Management is a straightforward and flexible Agile approach that scales easily to fit the needs of many types of projects. This approach combines the speed/agility benefits of Agile methodology with project management best practices such as comprehensive planning, critical path/chain management and risk mitigation. When executed well, Practical Agile Project Management yields an ideal balance of speed, agility, predictability and control, with potential for higher quality deliverables than commonly achieved with Waterfall methods…Read more
Critical Chain (first introduced in 1997 by Theory of Constraints guru, Eli Goldratt) is a practical and proven method to manage the risk and uncertainty which is typically found in product development projects. This two-day, practical, hands-on workshop covers Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) from project planning to execution…Read more
Practical, hands-on workshop. Includes over 240 examples of good and bad design for manufacturability and assembly practices. Includes exercises to reinforce understanding of principles and analysis of company assemblies to transition learning back to your workplace. The three-day workshop includes one day on-site prior to the workshop to customized it to your products and processes…Read more
The Design to Cost Workshop is oriented towards product development professionals and management responsible for developing products that meet customer affordability requirements. While it addresses the concepts of target costing and cost as an independent variable (CAIV), it primarily focuses on design-to-cost (DTC) and the tools and methodologies to achieve DTC including use of QFD to balance cost with product performance/capability, design for manufacturability/assembly, DFX, value analysis, use of product cost models, and integrating these methodologies into an organization’s development process…Read more
This workshop can be structured as a one-day introductory workshop or as a three-day hands-on workshop. The objective of the longer workshop is to create a Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) or a Process Failure Modes and Effects Analsysis (PFMEA). Although completion may not be possible due to the complexity of a product, significant progress should be made to allow completion by group at later time. The workshop can further be oriented toward hardware or software products…Read more
The Target Costing Workshop is for management and development personnel responsible for establishing and using a target costing process. It addresses establishing a target price, determining the target cost, tracking achievement of the target cost, use of product cost models to support decision-making, and design-to-cost techniques to achieve cost reduction…Read more
The Engineering Metrics workshop gives a comprehensive overview of how to measure and improve engineering project and team performance. We explore traditional measurement methods and also approach metrics from a fresh perspective to help you answer the question, “What are the right metrics for us?”
You’ll leave the workshop prepared to immediately implement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) using a balanced scorecard/dashboard approach. We’ll address the challenges you’re facing in your organization, and we examine issues that are common in many companies so you can apply the most relevant metrics. You will also learn to measure human factors that managers usually assume can’t be measured but are, in fact, essential to organizational performance…Read more
This two- to three-day workshop addresses the principles and practices of lean product development which is focused on reducing waste, work-in-process, and cycle time for product development. It also addresses lean design which focuses on reducing waste in the form of higher cost and poor quality in the design of the product itself…Read more
This two-day workshop is intended to teach participants the principles, practices and methods of portfolio management. A second objective is to define the portfolio management process, practices and responsibilities within your company. It is intended for executive management, product managers, engineering management, marketing management, and portfolio analysts responsible for or supporting portfolio management…Read more
The Organizational Performance Metrics and KPIs workshop provides a comprehensive view for measuring and improving organizational performance. These proven methods can be applied to any organization, taking into account a broad range of factors that affect productivity. We explore traditional and outside-the-box measurement methods and answer the question “How can we determine the right metrics for our organization?”…Read more