Expectations of Contractors and Engineers Written by Steven G. Lauck & Jon M. Quigley To ensure the team is working from the same set of expectations, we may develop a document or set of documents that describe those expectations. The work below may help you set up your own documentation on the expectations you have […]

August 13, 2016

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Cost improvement activities are part of many if not all organizations.  In the automotive industry, these cost improvement targets can have an annual schedule. That is, we can expect pressure from the customer to reduce the cost of the product to them every year.  Immediately after launch we are able to hit these targets.  We […]

CMMI and Project Management There are intersections between Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and project management beyond the specific or obvious project management areas listed below in the staged representation: Project Planning is Level 2 Project Monitoring and Control Level 2 Risk Management Level 3 Quantitative Project Management Level 5 There are other non-obvious intersections between […]

March 9, 2016

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Is it okay to merge scrum team roles, for example can the scrum master also be the product owner. Our experience suggests, merging the roles of the team members in scrum is not a good solution. Besides a dilution of focus, there is a compromise in objectivity.

December 30, 2015

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This blog is usually about technical topics and product development and learning focused. Today is different. Today I am going to write about something that has been on my mind for many weeks now, though I am not very good at expressing.  That uneasiness of expressing has contributed to my starting and stopping with this […]

November 4, 2015

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We have long taken the position that a discussion of scrum and conventional project methods should not be combative or mutually exclusive.  Both of these approaches have something to offer.  Each has strengths that when mapped to your organization and situation, can improve your chances of a successful project delivery.  It is even possible to […]

October 13, 2015

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Management and Responsibility It is rare indeed when the general blames the soldier for the loss.  We see it though.  Of course, I am not referring to actual generals as in the military but the leadership of an organization.  There are many ways the leadership influences the outcome more than a single or couple of […]

Successful product development requires, ultimately, the delivery through manufacturing. After all, we are most likely for profit entity, and even if we were not for profit, in our effort to maximize our resource usage we should act as if we were a for profit.  Specifically, we do not squander our available resources.  Mass production has […]