Leadership Equation- Perspectives and Experiences

We will first look at direction based upon perspective. If we assume; not a good thing, we know the current status of our system and base our corrective and/or improvement actions on that, our plans will probably end up with results that are not what we are striving. We must first determine our actual starting point. Continue reading

Prototype Parts and Product Development Lifecycle

by Jon M Quigley

A few recent experiences have led me to believe many do not know the reason for prototype parts. Consider organizations that employ an iterative process for developing products. The automotive world typically uses this sort of product development method. In iterative product development, we build increments of the product learning from each increment to improve the subsequent increment culminating ultimately the increment that will make it to production. We do this to reduce risk and to ensure we do not spend BIG money for engineering work when we are missing some key information about the potential product.

Let us review the following all too frequently occurring story. An organization has an iterative product development process in place. In this example, the defined process has four levels of prototype parts, with each level having specific objectives to be achieved and a definition of the part’s level of sophistication. We have a brief list as an example of … Continue reading

Hope project management!

The sooner you move away from project management activities based upon hope, the sooner your organization makes a recovery to the efficient enterprise you desire.

I have noticed a rash of project schedules wherein each task lays end to end as if the prediction of the; task start, progress, and completion times are known without question. When asked how the project team arrives at the schedule, invariably the tasks must fit like this to make the delivery date. Asking what information they have to support the duration estimates, for example, historical record, no one can provide any such information. This method of project management delays disappointment and ultimately is not a recipe for continued success.

Use what you learn as you execute the individual activities within the project. Learn of the possible duration from the previous work history. If you do not have the history because this is a new activity there are other solutions to the “fixed date debacle” … Continue reading

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