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059: The Top Benefits of Adopting Agile Practices

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2020

059: The Top Benefits of Adopting Agile Practices

 

On today’s episode, Craig Brown and Thom Singer welcome Alena Keck, the Lean-Agile Enterprise Transformation Leader.  Alena has joined the podcast to discuss the benefits of utilizing agile software and explain how to maximize the value that you are delivering to your customers.  She offers suggestions on ways to overcome adaptation limitations or resistance and highlights the four pillars of overcoming challenges in the automotive industry.  The conversation concludes with an honest look at the ways that the pandemic has forced a change on all of us that just might result in more effective teams and creative results than ever before.


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


Bringing the benefits of agile software practices to the automotive industry

  • What are the main differences between waterfall and agile systems?

  • Complex and empirical systems benefit from agile systems 

  • Agile can better support the changes that are made based on consumer preferences.

  • Benefits include decreased time to market, which is expected from the best companies.

  • Quality in continuous testing is best achieved with agile software.

  • Increased customer focus and satisfaction as well as employee happiness. 


Overcoming the limitations of agile adaptation

  • Companies need to properly set their own expectations — the goal should always be to deliver quality and value to the customer at a sustainable pace. 

  • Some infrastructure transformations are harder to make than others and will need to be given extra attention and time. 

  • Management needs to make agile values clear and tangible to leadership and teams.

  • Teams need to clearly communicate the successes of the agile transformation. 


Four pillars of overcoming challenges in the automotive industry

  • Change management and organizational structure need to be addressed first to achieve a successful transformation. 

  • Embedded systems and regulatory environment are industry-specific and 

  • Integrated continuous compliance 


Thriving in a time of pandemic

  • Self-organizing teams that believe in their purpose will thrive in spite of a pandemic, remote working or any other distractions.

  • Many companies have proved that they can think outside of the box in these unprecedented times.

  • Remote work can produce effective results with the right employees and the right management.

  • Remove yourself from your comfort zone by actively seeking feedback from others.


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

GUEST BIO: 

Alena Keck is a Lean-Agile Enterprise Transformation Leader with over 10 years of experience in the automotive industry. Her vision is to unleash Business Value by Tapping into the Power of Lean-Agile Transformation 2.0

Alena held different international positions at one of the leading automotive companies Daimler AG and its financial services provider. She started her agile journey at the Daimler's corporate incubator and innovation hub "Daimler Business Innovation", known as "Lab 1886”. Later on as the first Release Train Engineer, she was a strong catalyst of SAFe transformation at the Digital Solution Center at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, bringing energy, fun and delight to the first Agile Release Train @ Mercedes-Benz Financial. 

The last 2 years of her career, Alena has been shaping Lean-Agile Transformation journey for Advanced Safety and User Experience product line at Aptiv, helping large co-located and distributed engineering program teams to leverage the benefits of lean and agile principles and practices while building quality and compliance into the solution from the very beginning. 

Alena has a unique international background with business degrees in three European countries, working experience in Europe and the US and international project management experience with global distributed teams. Alena is fluent in 5 languages.  Her areas of expertise include Enterprise-level Lean-Agile Transformation for large organizations, distributed teams, embedded / cyber-physical systems, Agile Software Development, Scaling Agile Frameworks, Value Stream, Digital Marketing, International Sales Strategy and Innovation Management.

Alena’s Agile Transformation Mantra is from Rob S. Sharma: “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end."


 

Tags:  Agile Software  Agile Strategy  PLM 

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058: How to Position Yourself as a Strategic Hire

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

058: How to Position Yourself as a Strategic Hire

 

 

On today’s episode, Thom  tackles the topic of navigating career change during a pandemic.  He is joined by Jan-Bart Smits, the Managing Partner of the Stanton Chase Amsterdam office in The Netherlands and Global Leader for the firm’s Technology and Professional Services Practice Groups.  Together they discuss strategic ways to position yourself now for higher-level positions later in your career.  Jan-Bart offers steps that you can take today to make yourself a critical part of your company’s organization, including expanding your t-profile, increasing the visibility of your contributions, and practical tips for improving your digital communication. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


What technology firms are looking for in executives

  • Fitting into the culture of the company is essential at every employment level 

  • An ability to adapt to the increasing rate of change within the industry is critical 

  • Hard work and the ability to make decisions quickly are essential skills


Tips for positioning yourself as a strategic hire 

  • Post COVID-19, many companies are only hiring for critical positions

  • Take actions now that prepare you to achieve higher-level positions later in your career 

  • Develop your t-profile — the ability to go wide and deep within your specialty as well as within your organization

  • Increase your communication skills so that you can explain products and services in a way that people can easily understand

  • Make your contributions visible so that you are an obvious choice for a strategic hire

  • Fine-tune your video conference and digital communication skills — don’t waste anyone’s time with technical difficulties 


Career advice at every level 

  • Do what you enjoy because you will spend a lot of time doing it

  • Look ahead to where you want to be in 10 years, then take steps toward it every day

  • Networking is still the number one way to secure a new position 


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 
RESOURCES:

Stanton Chase 

 
GUEST BIO:

Jan-Bart Smits is the Managing Partner of the Stanton Chase Amsterdam office in The Netherlands. He is also the Global Leader for the firm’s Technology and Professional Services Practice Groups. In these leadership roles, he provides guidance and facilitates collaboration among the other specialized consultants at Stanton Chase around the world.

Jan-Bart partners with prestigious clients in the Technology and Professional Services sectors, and he brings particular expertise in high-level search assignments, including CxO and non-executive Board roles. Approximately 70% of Jan-Bart’s searches are international; in some cases, this requires tapping into an international pool of candidates, and other times the candidate can be based in any location. Jan-Bart’s decades of experience, combined with his tireless pursuit to stay abreast of cutting-edge developments in Technology and Professional Services, make him a powerful leader and partner in the global executive search business.


Jan-Bart started his career in executive search in 1990 with Expand, a local search and selection firm based in the south of The Netherlands. After a stint of a little over a year at a reseller of software he returned to search business Nicholson International and, from 1997 onwards, at Korn/Ferry International. Based in Amsterdam, Jan-Bart ran the Technology and Professional Services Practice for The Netherlands, he was a member of the e-Business Practice for two years (running the European e-Business Practice for one), and he managed the European account with several Technology clients. During 2007 Jan-Bart moved to Dubai to join the Korn/Ferry Middle East and Northern Africa office, for which he ran the Technology and Professional Services Practices.


 

 

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057: Diversity Initiatives and Strategic Business Transformation

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

057: Diversity Initiatives and Strategic Business Transformation

 

On today’s episode, Thom  and Craig welcome Stefan Jockusch, the Vice President of Strategy at Siemens Digital Industries.  Stefan has seen first hand the value and importance of transforming business through the relationship between the strategy and diversity initiatives.  He shares insights into fostering and nurturing workplace diversity and overcoming intrinsic cultural biases in order to maximize your company’s potential.  This concept is more critical than ever, and while studies have shown that companies that do well with diversity do better with their bottom line, it is even more important that we all work to more fully embrace diversity simply because it is the better way of conducting business. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The importance of strategically transforming business

  • What does it take to help a business make a lasting transformation? 

  • Asking questions and challenging processes is an essential step to strategic transformation 

  • A diverse workforce is a key component of a successful, strategic workforce

How to improve workforce diversity 

  • Gender diversity is the first and critical starting place for a diverse workforce 

  • An open and transparent workforce will move equality forward to equity

  • Common challenges that companies face when increasing diversity and ideas for overcoming intrinsic cultural biases within your company 

  • The importance of taking a stand in your company and in your community, including avoiding otherwise limiting cultural clashes 

  • The measurable and unmeasurable benefits of promoting cultural diversity within your workforce


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

GUEST BIO:

Dr. Stefan Jockusch is vice president of Strategy for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division.  In this role, he is responsible for driving strategic business planning and market intelligence as well as coordinating business activities across all Siemens PM Software business segments and with Digital Factory Division leadership.  Jockusch has served in a number of business leadership and R&D management roles, driving the development and market introduction of radically innovative mechatronic systems, demonstrating ability to build and grow winning cross-functional and multinational teams, foster partnerships with suppliers, build a strong patent portfolio and improve overall business performance.

 

Jockusch initially came to Siemens PLM Software from Dematic Corporation, where he was vice president of Research Development, leading the renewal of the entire portfolio of material handling products, hardware and system software and launching new products protected by over 50 patents. Prior to that, he built the solution business for Siemens’ Electronics Assembly division, introducing the first seamlessly integrated electronics manufacturing lines.

 

Jockusch began his career at Siemens as a management consultant with Siemens Corporate Technology. He later moved to Siemens AG as executive board assistant for the industry, transportation and technology sectors, where he managed several strategic initiatives. A U.S. and German citizen with broad international experience, he relocated to the United States in 2001 and later decided to make the U.S. his family’s permanent home.

 

Stefan holds a PhD summa cum laude in natural sciences from University of Bielefeld and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Göttingen. He enjoys biking, golf and spending time with his wife and their two sons.



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056: Maintaining Agility and Continually Moving Forward

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2020

056: Maintaining Agility and Continually Moving Forward

 

On today’s episode, Thom and Craig welcome Tom Gill, a Senior Consultant at CIMData who advises manufacturing companies and engineering software companies on how to better design their products.  Tom offers his expert insight into the world of agile software development and details the importance of managing BOMs and understanding process innovations.  He also offers encouraging career advice for anyone that is wondering how to take control and move their career forward.


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


All about agile software

  • This software style includes incremental development that offers continual improvement 

  • The Agile Manifesto defines the goal of developing working increments of software on a fixed cadence that provide value

  • The goal of agile software is to adapt to changes while continually providing value


Managing multi BOMs

  • Why does X BOM matter? It starts with the need to keep information connected across the lifecycle

  • The process starts with requirements and ends with in-service operations 

  • Linked product operations have the ability to satisfy both design and customer requirements

  • The platform creates a single logical source of truth, which is comprised of multiple interconnected systems  


Understanding process innovations 

  • Process, people, and technology — which one comes first? 

  • Innovation processes will most likely inhibit the likelihood of single tool vendors

  • Legacy processes and human limitations require slow and incremental improvements 

  • Vision, strategy, and tactics are essential to continual planning and improvements 

  • Are computers phasing humans out? Understanding the next steps forward and embracing constraints


Who is responsible for advancing your career?

  • No one is as responsible for your career as you are

  • Keep learning and understand what processes above and below you look like

  • If you’re smart enough to automate your job your employer will find something else for you to do


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

RESOURCES:
Agile Manifesto

 

GUEST BIO: 

Tom Gill has over 25 years of experience applying computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. Before joining CIMdata he worked as an independent PLM consultant, after spending over 20 years at high-volume manufacturing companies.  Mr. Gill has worked on projects in numerous industries, including fabrication & assembly, food & beverage, defense, chemical, and medical devices. He has executed PLM strategy projects, solution evaluation-and-selection projects, deployment planning, and training development for industrial clients. He delivers solution providers competitive and technical product analyses, white papers, and case studies.


Mr. Gill led a team that developed and deployed a PLM system to manage engineering and quality processes and has participated in enterprise system projects including RFQ management, material development, and environmental systems. He has presented papers both nationally and internationally.  Mr. Gill holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, and is Configuration Management certified.


Tags:  BOM  PLM  Process Management 

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055: Redefining Workplace Practices Post COVID-19

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

055: Redefining Workplace Practices Post COVID-19

 

On today’s episode, Thom welcomes communication coach and TEDX speaker Joe Hirsch to discuss what the transition from remote management to in-person teamwork after over 3 months of quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reconsider the conventional way that we source ideas, hold our meetings, and share feedback.  Today’s episode focuses on the tactics that leaders can employ to help their team’s productivity and creativity continue to rise when the reopening unfolds with more force.  He shares ideas for conducting meetings and group interactions in a way that will result in better teamwork and better results, minimizing chaos in the return, and rethinking the importance of employee flexibility work arrangements as we all return to the workplace.  


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

Sourcing ideas more effectively

  • Traditional brainstorming practices do more to suppress ideas than activate them

  • Brainwriting allows a team to develop ideas at the same time without employing group think or production blockages

  • A partnership approach provides a way to tap into the best ideas of the group 


Holding more reflective meetings

  • Leaders need to focus on the how of meetings over the who or what of the details

  • Introduce opportunities for reflection on solutions in meetings, rather than demanding immediate conversations

  • Try standing around the table and walk around the meeting room rather than staying sedentary in chairs

  • Better meetings will result in higher quality ideas and a culture of listening, respect, patience, and humility


Minimizing chaos in the return

  • Take this COVID-19 induced opportunity to tap into the full value of every team member and to rethink every traditional workplace practice and procedure

  • Be transparent about your intention to reevaluate and improve upon standard practices

  • Seek feedback from team members to help craft a new vision

  • Even if you’re not a decision-maker, you can still be a leader by your actions


The future of working from home

  • Flexible work arrangements are going to become top priority for employment

  • Identify what you are willing and able to do from home and lobby for those arrangements 

  • It will be essential to demonstrate a certain level of competence and confidence in your ability to work from home

  • Define clear objectives that will create the conditions of productive, happy work environments

  • Be humble and stay curious about the things that you don’t already know regarding the future of how work is performed


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 
RESOURCES:

The Language of Leaders


Guest Bio: 

Joe Hirsch is on a mission to fix the way we work…at work.  As the managing director of Semaca Partners, Joe specializes in helping organizations apply behavioral science to strengthen the way leaders train, support and empower their teams for success. An award-winning educational leader and researcher, Joe has earned accolades from Fortune 500 executives to NFL coaches for his forward-thinking approach to improving organizational culture and effectiveness. Described by Wharton professor Adam Grant as “breath of fresh air,” Joe makes research-based practices more accessible to improve the way people work, learn and lead. (Yes, he’s putting that shiny Ph.D. to good use.)

In The Feedback Fix,  Joe presents a bold alternative to traditional feedback techniques and performance management practices. He has shared that message as a TEDx and keynote speaker with executives at Deloitte, GameStop, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, members of the U.S. armed forces, and close to 10,000 others across two continents.  When Joe isn’t on stage or writing for publications like Inc. and The Wall Street Journal, he’s probably doing something outdoors with his wife and four boys.


Tags:  Communication  Covid-19  Leadership 

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054: Benefits of Process Modeling

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

054: Benefits of Process Modeling 

 

On today’s episode, Thom and Craig welcome Erich Meier, CTO at Method Park.  From his early days of software education to a successful career in product lifecycle management, Erich has seen the benefits of effective process modeling for any industry.  He explains its value and highlights the innovative benefits of implementing process modeling.  He also offers a look at opportunities that are beginning to present themselves as a result of COVID-19, and shares key advice that can help you develop a truly stellar reputation in your career.

In today’s episode, Thom Singer and Craig Brown welcome Erich Meier, CTO at Method Park.  From his early days of software education to a successful career in product lifecycle management, Erich has seen the benefits of effective process modeling for any industry.  He explains its value and highlights the innovative benefits of implementing process modeling.  He also offers a look at opportunities that are beginning to present themselves as a result of COVID-19, and shares key advice that can help you develop a truly stellar reputation in your career.

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

Process modeling versus typical PLM workflow

     A process model works where the typical workflow for a next generation product doesn’t

     Process modeling can work in any variety of scenarios, whether it’s in sequence, parallel, or iterations

     Process modeling provides a higher level of extraction for more complicated products

     It is an asset to know your processes and your findings, and both can give you a greater competitive advantage.

 

The benefits of effective process modeling

     Most companies that would benefit from process modeling don’t yet know that it exists

     Process modeling provides tools that create greater products by answering the questions of who, what, how and why

     Highly effective product lifecycle management always includes process modeling

     Process modeling allows for a better implementation of incremental innovative visions

     Companies that benefit most from process modeling have highly complex products and disruptive innovations in a highly regulated environment

 

Impacts and opportunities from COVID-19

     Working from home is option for more industries than previously thought possible

     Companies are preserving R & D projects as cost pressures will remain even if product complexity doesn’t change

     Standards and regulations will most likely continue to increase internationally to ensure safety and encourage innovation

 

How to develop a stellar career reputation

     Take time to listen before you speak to other people

     Seek to understand before you seek to be understood

     Never stop asking ‘why’ when you are given tasks — it will allow for opportunities of greater innovation

 

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

Process modeling versus typical PLM workflow

     A process model works where the typical workflow for a next generation product doesn’t

     Process modeling can work in any variety of scenarios, whether it’s in sequence, parallel, or iterations

     Process modeling provides a higher level of extraction for more complicated products

     It is an asset to know your processes and your findings, and both can give you a greater competitive advantage.

 

The benefits of effective process modeling

     Most companies that would benefit from process modeling don’t yet know that it exists

     Process modeling provides tools that create greater products by answering the questions of who, what, how and why

     Highly effective product lifecycle management always includes process modeling

     Process modeling allows for a better implementation of incremental innovative visions

     Companies that benefit most from process modeling have highly complex products and disruptive innovations in a highly regulated environment

 

Impacts and opportunities from COVID-19

     Working from home is option for more industries than previously thought possible

     Companies are preserving R & D projects as cost pressures will remain even if product complexity doesn’t change

     Standards and regulations will most likely continue to increase internationally to ensure safety and encourage innovation

 

How to develop a stellar career reputation

     Take time to listen before you speak to other people

     Seek to understand before you seek to be understood

     Never stop asking ‘why’ when you are given tasks — it will allow for opportunities of greater innovation

 

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

GUEST BIO: 

Erich Meier is the creator and chief architect of the "Stages" process management system. Erich started working for Method Park in 2001 and helped major corporations all around the globe to develop new capabilities by improving their engineering and product development processes. Since 2007 he has served as Method Park's CTO being responsible for the global products business, technology vision and roadmap. Erich is a frequent speaker at conferences and executive events specializing in engineering process and product development transformations.

Erich holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Erlangen, Germany.

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053: Increasing Knowledge Management While Working Remotely

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

053: Increasing Knowledge Management While Working Remotely 

 

On today’s episode, Thom Singer and Craig Brown welcome Jeff Moffa, President of Auros Knowledge Systems, to discuss the importance of knowledge management in every industry.  Jeff highlights the value of effective knowledge management, the importance of effective provision mechanisms and contextual value, and defines the role of active knowledge in the ever-changing digital world.  He also highlights the benefits of the changes have come as a result of the COVID-19 required need to work remotely.  


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The value of knowledge management

  • Knowledge management refers to the need and ability to capture, share, and reuse knowledge in productive ways

  • Capturing and indexing knowledge is best done while communicating with others during processes

  • Provision mechanisms offer the greatest opportunity to capture knowledge 

  • Contextual value can vary based on time frames, situational usage, and assembly

  • Provision knowledge refers to obtaining only the information you need to know, precisely when you need to know it

  • Industries that benefit from provisioning knowledge include software, automotive, financial, and other non-mechanical workflows


Understanding the role of active knowledge

  • Do active knowledge-based machines need human assistance in order to perform properly?

  • Various digital tools are becoming more and more model-based

  • The application and implementation of active knowledge will only continue to increase over the years


Industry changes resulting from COVID-19

  • Company leaders need to know that knowledge has not been applied as effectively as it could be 

  • COVID-19 has given people an opportunity to examine whether there is a need for the next level of variation and change that companies are often pushing for

  • More is not always better — companies might actually benefit from reducing their competition

  • Many companies in the building industry can easily thrive at a distance thanks to online collaboration technology


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

 
GUEST BIO: 

Jeff has been an innovative leader in the field of Engineering Knowledge Management and Intelligent Design Automation for the past fifteen years and is the author of the whitepaper ‘Knowledge Aware Engineering’.  Jeff is currently the President of Auros Knowledge Systems where he heads the business development, research, and product development teams. 


Prior to Auros Knowledge Systems, Jeff worked at the Ford Motor Company in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development organization leading several Design Automation and Knowledge Systems projects. While at Ford, Jeff also developed expertise in both product development and manufacturing engineering having served as Product Engineer, Manufacturing Supervisor, Process Engineer, and Systems Engineer. Jeff has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Miami University and earned his an MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management


 

Tags:  COv  Data Management  Knowledge Management  PLM 

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052: Tools That Enable Remote Work

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

052: Tools That Enable Remote Work

 

 

On today’s episode, Thom Singer and Craig Brown welcome Matt Heying, product leader at Vertex Software, to discuss the ins and outs of working remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to rethink traditional work standards and practices, and Matt has joined us to discuss the tools, tips, and practices that will allow manufacturing and engineering employees to get the job done, wherever they may be working from.


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


How to overcome the limitations of working remotely

  • Design is naturally a highly collaborative process, but a majority of the process can be completed remotely

  • Software programs such as Vertex facilitate design wherever you are

  • Collaboration doesn’t need to be limited to the office — the right tools can reach engineers wherever they are

  • Cloud-based applications offer a higher level of security than traditional methods

  • Digital design reviews give multiple views of the same design, offering a higher level of collaboration and efficiency


Defining the ‘new normal’ in the workplace

  • Many companies have already been effectively working distributively for years

  • People are often more efficient when they’re not working in an open plan office

  • There is a great advantage for knowledge workers to do their ‘thinking work’ remotely 

  • Curriculum and training that can be delivered remotely should be wherever possible

  • Quality design reviews can still be effectively conducted remotely

  • Companies don’t need to aim for a completely virtual workplace, but do need to reconsider utilizing remote technologies


Looking to the future of remote working

  • COVID-19 has required a shift in thinking regarding supply chains and traditional practices 

  • A recent study shows that 60% of employees don’t want to return to the office full-time 

  • Accountability should not come from the “checking in” at the desk that many managers demand

  • Work should not be about where you are, rather what you are getting done


 


Vertex Software is a cloud-based digital twin platform that fuels team collaboration by unlocking 3D data and providing aligned visuals across engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, service and the supply chain.

 

 

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 
Guest Bio: 

Matt Heying has over 15 years of experience in designing and building B2B cloud-based collaborative applications in manufacturing, finance, and defense. In his role at Vertex, Matt oversees all of the product management and product marketing team in addition to leading initiatives on new markets and products.  Previous to his role at Vertex, Matt served as Vice President of Product and User Experience at Workiva. Over the course of his nine years at Workiva, Matt tackled many strategic and leadership roles including the creation and implementation of a new enterprise product line and building product strategy to grow the product footprint within existing customers.


Matt received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Matt’s graduate work at the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and DARPA. His research focused on 3D visualization and machine learning for mechanical and materials design applications.


 

 


Tags:  3D  Collaboration  Manufacturing  PLM  Remote Work  Tools  Vertex  Working from Home 

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051: How to Successfully Exchange Key Information

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

051: How to Successfully Exchange Key Information 

 

On today’s episode, Thom and Craig welcome Mark Driscoll, senior director of  Enterprise Sales at AMC Bridge, to examine the ways that key information can more effectively be exchanged across systems.  He defines the three pillars of the digital enterprise and offers a starting point to get systems running at maximum effectiveness within companies as well as from suppliers to manufacturers.  Mark also shares key career advice that can help anyone come out on the other side of this worldwide pandemic with stronger connections and greater innovative opportunities than ever before. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


Understanding and managing the three pillars of the digital enterprise 

  • Data availability and management — is the information you have relevant to your design?

  • Domain expertise automation includes the proper application of employee expertise and skills

  • Application of technology solutions ensures appropriate access to the product elements that users need

  • There may not be a one-size-fits-all tool that will solve all of your tool needs but there are several highly effective options to choose from


How to successfully exchange key information across your supply change

  • Evaluate the CAD interchanges and PLM tools that vary from suppliers to manufacturers

  • Identify the legacy systems that have the potential to unnecessarily complicate processes

  • When trying to maximize effectiveness of systems, don’t tie yourself to one process

  • Automating domain expertise can minimize language and system disparities 

  • Companies need to automate wherever possible in order to allow humans to apply higher-level value to processes 


Advice for your career in regards to COVID-19

  • Companies need to adapt to the virtual gathering options

  • Embrace social tightening opportunities by connecting with coworkers and mentors — even if it’s through virtual meet-ups

  • These circumstances are presenting opportunities for innovation as we’ve never seen before

  • Don’t be afraid to innovate — innovative tools are what drive the digital enterprise forward


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 
Guest Bio: 

Mark Driscoll is the Senior Director of Enterprise Sales at AMC Bridge.  He is a business development executive experienced in establishing partnerships that capitalize on entrepreneurial experience to prove new business concepts and establish new market opportunities.  His specialties include new business development, international management, contract negotiation, sales management, channel management, and channel development. 


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050: Effective Remote Management and Leadership

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

050: Effective Remote Management and Leadership

 

 

On today’s episode, Thom Singer joins CEO and author Stacey Hanke to address the challenges of staying connected and productive while working remotely.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our professional lives, and Stacey has ideas to help both managers and team members make a more effective transition from the normal work environment to a remote setting.  It is more important than ever for teams to stay connected, and Stacey offers actionable ways that managers can effectively lead remotely and that employees can remain informed, engaged, and effective while working from home.  


On today’s podcast, you will learn:


How to stay connected virtually

  • Communicate with your team frequently 

  • Virtual messages need to be delivered succinctly and in a way the receiver can understand 

  • Use your webcam regularly to keep your staff visually connected

  • Assign a meeting facilitator to increase involvement 

  • Start meetings by sharing resources, gratitude lists or even show-and-tell


Effective management tips

  • Remain calm in front of your staff

  • Communicate confidence in the future of your company and your team

  • Offer updates and action items to keep everyone focused

  • Acknowledge the reality of this situation in every conversation

  • Use empathy to connect and engage with your team


Ideas for employees

  • Create routines to help structure your day

  • Focus on keeping your mindset healthy

  • Find ways to develop your personal and professional skills 

  • Look to the future and decide now how you want to remember 2020


Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at www.DigitalEnterpriseSociety.org

 

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Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday by Stacey Hanke

 

 
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Stacey is author of two books;  Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday® and Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know From A to Z to Influence Others To Take Action. Her books provide practical and immediate skills and techniques that have given thousands the ability to enhance their influence Monday to Monday®. Stacey helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery  — to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message.  She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. 

Stacey Hanke, Inc.'s client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Pfizer, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite.  In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx.  She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week.  She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.


 

 

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