Cadalyst

PLM Best Practices (December 21, 2011)

21 Dec, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff


4 Reasons to Keep Engineering in a Box

Part 1: Debunk "cost-cutting" myths and take advantage of your engineering staff's expertise and energy.
 

By Peter Sutton

To get the most out of your design process, it is important to optimize how your company utilizes its engineering staff. As a former engineer in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) world I have four tips on how to (or how not to…) "maximize" your engineers' time while improving the skills of your workers and generating additional revenue streams.

#1: Eliminating collaboration reduces time spent in meetings. To reduce unnecessary "discussion" about designs, innovative managers can apply a variety of techniques. One of my favorite techniques is to implement different design tools, none of which work together, throughout the team. This way, you not only prevent designers from collaborating, in the off-chance an outsider does manage to penetrate the design process, contamination is limited to a single system.

Fact: The best way to encourage a healthy design process is to ensure that there are open lines of communication within the design group. Hand-offs should be smooth, not "thrown over the wall." And standardization on common platforms and programs is a proven way to help to promote collaboration, shorten time to market and improve quality. Read more »

Peter Sutton is Marketing Director at PTC.

 
Sponsored by

PTC

Cadalyst
Advantage for the Product Lifecycle
 
 
 Connect with PTC
 


 
 

More Product Lifecycle Stories

Warning! Engineers Escape Cubicles to Interact With Other Departments
Part 2: Enable communication to create value for organizations. From PTC. Read more »

Executive Perspective: Successful PLM Starts with the End in Mind
Business objectives — not the effort to deploy software — should guide your system implementation. From Advantage for the Product Lifecyle. Read more »

Break Down the Barriers to Global Product Development
PLM connects processes with technology to make successful GPD a reality. From Advantage for the Product Lifecyle. Read more »

Supply Chain Diversity Spells Success for Caterpillar
Leading companies today need to excel at both product innovation and supply chain excellence. Behind every great company is a great (and well-managed) supply chain. From PTC. Read more »

Product Complexity, Product Development – And a Faster Car
As technology becomes more complex, so does product development. From PTC. Read more »

US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Complex Math along the Columbia River
The right engineering calculation software enables engineers to easily solve, document, share and re-use calculations and design work. From PTC. Read more »

Managing Nuclear Knowledge – Last Cold War Bomb Dismantled
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is dismantling the last of its Cold War era nuclear bombs. As you would imagine, the process is a complicated and dangerous one. From PTC. Read more »

EmailFacebookPlanetPTC CommunityTwitterYouTubeSubscribe


About the Author: Cadalyst Staff

Cadalyst Staff

Add comment

Note: Comments are moderated and will appear live after approval by the site moderator.

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!
Follow Lynn on Twitter Follow Lynn on Twitter