Avoiding “Unobtanium” In Your Organization

Engineers are focused on using their expertise to implement the latest and greatest technology for the most cost effective solution. They live for the challenge of developing a unique and beautiful solution…as viewed by other engineers. They want to “Get ‘er right” to their definition of right.

This Quixotic search for the perfect solution gave rise to the Dilbert™ cartoons that clearly depict how out of touch engineers can be from the real world. I’m a Professional Engineer and I chuckled when Purchasing would show me an engineering design made out of Unobtanium (Ub). Later construction wanted to know why the Unobtanium was late…causing cost-schedule-safety impacts.

UnobtaniumYou can “box-in” engineers to keep them on the cutting edge of technology and not allow them to take you to the “bleeding edge” where consequences are severe.

“Mustang the Story” shows how we understood that “Engineering is a necessary evil to get into purchasing and construction”. With go-bys, standards, a stage-gate process and construction focused work breakdown structure we were able to get engineering off of the critical path and delivered 30% reduction in schedules and costs repeatedly on first-of-a-kind world class projects. We show you how to motivate engineers to “Get ‘er done” because we know they will do it right.

Job-on-the-corner-of-the-desk” is part of the solution…it is the “shiny object” engineers cannot resist jumping toward.  

– Bill Higgs,
Co-Founder Mustang Engineering,
Author, Mustang The Story

Find Bill on Twitter  @MustangHiggs and on Facebook /MustangTheStory

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