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Formalize your vision for your engineering team by flipping internal inefficiencies into productivity-boosting strategies.
How much time have you spent over or under analyzing a design concept? Having a second set of eyes glance over your work is a refreshing approach that not only provides better perception but will allow you to catch small mistakes you otherwise would have overlooked. Without a review process in place, seemingly faultless designs get sent off for approval or to manufacturing, ignorant to the fact that there’s a latent error lingering within the file. Hundreds of dollars later, it is discovered during prototyping (unless, of course, you’re virtually validating your designs) or thousands of dollars later, it reveals itself in the field.
Having an outside look into the complexities of your operations and engineering workflows can bring in critical insight for better innovation, strategy and execution on projects. So now we’re compelled to ask…
Are you consistently achieving your annual goals?
Is your engineering team as efficient as they could be?
Are you getting the most out of your software investment?
If you answered ‘no’ to even one of these, chances are that:
You’re under tremendous time pressure to get things done.
You’re under the gun. Your quotes aren’t getting out the door fast enough. Designs need to be reworked, pushing your deadlines back, and your engineering team is sandwiched in the middle, working as quickly as possible to meet all of these perpetual demands. You don’t need to invest in some esoteric, new-age productivity trend with napping pods and balancing ball chairs to transform your business. (Though the ingenuity of these chairs is quite impressive!) It is as simple as honing in on your inefficient areas and developing a sustainable model for future growth and development across engineering and manufacturing.
Your tedious, manual processes are slowing you down.
Manually generating grueling design documentation and redesigning parts from scratch may seem innocent, but it actually has adverse effects in downstream engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and assembly operations. Streamlining these monotonous tasks can help eliminate human error and give your engineering team more time to focus on what they were hired to do, design innovative products for your customers. Automating reporting tasks alone can save you more than 50% of the time needed to create quality documentation manually, and studies report that as much as 85% of new product designs originate from an existing part. Imagine what you could do with all that saved time!
Your team isn’t using the tools as effectively as they could be.
Whether you’ve invested in best-in-class engineering technology or are thinking about making a switch, the user defines the efficiency of the software. Setting your employees up for success means more than simply providing them with an instrument. You also need to provide them with a bank of resources to learn from by sending them to industry events and formally educating them. Encourage them to get certified and master their learning; thus, bringing fresh ideas and new insight for improved product development. You’ve hired brilliant engineers, and when they can pair their talent with the tools you’ve provided, the innovation can be limitless.
So, before you alert HR about that new engineering position that needed to be posted online yesterday, learn how to tackle the inefficiencies lingering within your processes and teams first. Once your company is up and running like a well-oiled machine, you might start drumming up so much new business that you may actually need that additional engineer!