What matters? What is really happening? For our business to succeed we will need to understand how to identify and use metrics that inform us regarding the situation. We use metrics to predict, to improve quality, and to improve cost. They are also used to determine when to stop, start, continue, or alter our efforts. Join me in this discussion about making metrics work for you.
Jon M Quigley and Kim Robertson will be guest lecturers on Configuration Management at the Eindhoven Technical University, invited to do so by Ton De Kok. A new Master level class on Configuration Management is being developed at the university and uses the configuration management book authored by Jon and Kim. In addition to recorded lectures over the week, there will be a configuration management conference held at ASML where other high-tech companies of the region such as DAF trucks will be discussing configuration management challenges with the goal of improving the practice.
There are a good many cognitive biases that can impact discerning the truth or what is valid and true. Yet knowing what is valid and true is important for any business decision and especially for project managers, that are often part of decision arm and execution arm of the business objectives. In this presentation, we will review the need for critical and objective thinking in the project management discipline, along with some obstacles that come with the demands of the organization upon its people.
Project managers and teams of all organizations have experienced this common conundrum:
their team members are capable, intelligent and well equipped, yet do things that appear to
make no sense. The signs of bias at work here are hard to see, but that is most likely the case.
In his talk, Jon Quigley will reveal how cognitive bias impacts work, the most common biases we are likely to be affected by, and how they influence selection of strategies, team development, and other areas. The takeaway from the session will include ways to transform a group of individuals into a
whole that is larger than its parts.
The SAE Carolina Student SAE Chapters (Clemson, Georgia Southern University, USC, UNC-Charlotte, NC A&T, Duke, UNC Asheville, and NC State) will hold their annual meeting on February 22. They will present and exhibit their AeroDesign, SAE Baja, and Formula SAE Projects.
Please come out and see their SAE Collegiate Design Series vehicles and UAVs on display, challenge the students “one- on-one” with questions about the design, analysis, material selections, and fabrication techniques and then after dinner hear the teams’ formal presentations with time for more questions.