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
Engineering Project Management
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
Rapid Iterations Project Methodology (RIPM™) takes Evolutionary Prototyping to a more advanced level than Agile/Scrum so it can be applied to non-software projects involving disciplines such as mechanical, electronic, and optical engineering. RIPM is straightforward from a project management best practice perspective, emphasizing an intensive planning approach at the start of the project for achieving challenging timelines and handling changing requirements – a common situation many project teams face today.
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
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 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
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