The Goal by Eliyahu M Goldblatt

Operations management experts agree that to run a manufacturing production effort effectively you must understand how the products are designed and built to spot bottlenecks and flow issues. What sometimes we fail to see is that the metrics used to track and claim success are incorrect. If we focus on one dimension of the production... Continue Reading →

Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Challenges

Mark J Penn, with E. Kinney Zalesne, wrote a very insightful and somewhat prophetic book about the up and coming minorities groups that would become a force in USA politics and social/cultural reform. Intent on highlighting which market segments advertisements and policies should target and rally behind, the authors share statistics, graphs, charts and background... Continue Reading →

Is there an ideal team size? Yup!

I've been asking myself this question since the beginning of my MBA program because we keep being assigned to work in teams of different sizes with different people with no discernible results other than earning a grade. It felt a bit like working in Corporate America, where managers may have teams of tens or hundreds... Continue Reading →

#IMarriedAnEngineer

February celebrates National E-Week and this year, I'd like to try to start a movement to celebrate all engineering spouses. It is not easy to love and support this rare breed of human who can fix anything, break anything, and explain anything that crosses their path with math, science and a nerdy sense of humor.... Continue Reading →

Celebrate National E-Week! (2018)

National Engineers Week is was first proclaimed by President Harry S. Truman in February 1951 to honor the USA men and women in all engineering fields. This tradition turned 65 years old in 2016. Wow! Annually, E-Week is celebrated nationwide by 70+ education, professional, government and federal agencies as each US City, County or State... Continue Reading →

Professional Envy, the Gods of Engineering and Science, and What Intertia and Entropy Can Do To Our Careers

There's one feedback item that has haunted my career: You are never at your desk! Because the word never is an absolute, my first response is to remind them that no one is ever at their desks 24/7 but that clearly doesn't appease them. Between bathroom breaks, networking/mentoring, design reviews, community building, family crises and... Continue Reading →

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