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Managing Projects and Work Flow. Presenter: Mike Elsholz Company: Steelcase Inc. History: 25 years experience Engineering Project Management Test Lab Supervisor Model Shop Manager Outside interests: family, golf, football, wood working. Victor
Steelcase's history of innovation and sustainability began 100 years ago with Victor, a metal wastebasket designed to reduce fires caused by ashes in wicker wastebaskets.
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Opportunity for Reinvention
An integral component of New Product Development that is a collaborating part of Design and Engineering thinking. Making design ideas tangible and assessable through quality modeling and providing hands on learning. A part of the building of intelligence in new product development. Designing and modeling on the edge of solvability.
Modeling makes Design thinking tangible and assessable. A part of the building of intelligence in new product development.
Modeling as method for hands on learning is integral to New Product Development and the collaboration between Design and Engineering thinking.
Modeling is a means to defining the edge of solvability.
Modeling is a tool, as drawing is a tool, and requires immediate and dynamic accessibility.
It is critical for New Product Development to have a Model Shop located in close proximity to PD&L where product development is being controlled and design decisions are being reviewed and made. The new Model Shop will have the appropriate capabilities and capacity to adequately support new product development. It needs to be staffed with talented, creative, forward thinking Model Makers that can work in a professional and collaborative environment that fosters creativity. These individuals must be able to interact and share ideas with co-workers, Designers and Engineers. The Environment needs to be conducive to creativity , learning and support a collaborative work space.
NOTES; Recommendation is based on analysis of our experiences of outsourcing and discussions with leaders with in PD&L (Engineering and Design Directors).
What is your work environment?
How do you work?
Analyze your current layout
Involve your Team
Analyze by area
What works well
What does not well
Our focus was on collaboration and interaction (high to low)
Benches and assembly area
Hands on modeling
Designer and Engineering
Improve target areas:
adding tasks and split orders
Model maker 2
Work Order/ Request
Cross Charge/Finance Team (SAP)
Tracking: Through Shop/Process/Department