PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus

Performance by Kevin McManus

Finding new thresholds to achieve
If we don’t test ourselves, we can’t reach higher levels of performance. This concept applies to both human and mechanical processes. Most of my peers see process capability as a primarily “mechanical” process application, though the human side of process capability is perhaps more applicable in this technology-supported, service-driven world of work.

Paul Engle

Management by Paul Engle

Disruption must spark long-term plans
Warren Buffet preaches the benefit of taking the long term into consideration. He also believes in risk-taking and is unafraid of mistakes. His crop insurance recently suffered significant losses due to poor weather in grain-producing regions. His response was to focus more in areas where hail is less of a risk.

Paul Templin

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Prepare now for economic 'winter'
As the economic expansion staggers through its ninth year – with record low unemployment yet mounting trade barriers, dwindling consumer confidence, chaotic financial markets and a slowing China–the elephant in the room is not if the economic expansion will end but when it will and how far it will drop.

Ricardo Valerdi

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

When are awards better than cash?
There are multiple ways of rewarding good performance. One approach is to give cash bonuses. There is nothing better than cash in your pocket, right? Well, it depends.

Joe Michels

Member Forum by Joe Michels

Why I am a professional engineer
I became a professional engineer to become recognized as a professional, pure and simple. The real reason for professional engineering licensure is to protect public health, safety and welfare. This was why PE licensure was initiated in 1905 in Wyoming.

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