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Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-45

30 Apr , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

Please refer our previous blog, Blog No. 44, in which we discussed ways and means for overcoming some of the key barriers in ensuring Process Compliance.

Tomorrow is 1st May – International Labor Day or May Day – celebrated to mark the end of the struggle of working masses subjected to painfully long working hours in inhuman working conditions – as a culmination of the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest! In our country, it was celebrated the first time on the 1st May 1923 in Chennai.

Interestingly, it was an engineer – machine operator – Matthew Maguire, who was the first to propose a Labor Day holiday while serving as the Secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU)) of New York!

We have talked about “Happy Engineering” in our earlier blogs…and have been earnestly looking for ways and means for making and keeping it this way.

Engineering as a part of gigantic human endeavor has contributed a lot over the last several hundreds of years…It needs to and will contribute much more in a much better way in the time to come.

Let’s use this opportunity of posting today’s blog on pre-International Labor Day to cite a few quotations of a few great minds, which will go a long way in helping us – engineers – to meet the objective that we have set out for ourselves:

Franklin D. Roosevelt – “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

Martin Luther King Jr – “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Ralph Ransom – “Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.

Let both engineering and engineers feel blessed every single day! Happy International Labor Day!

Respectfully yours,

Team infiDOF

#3068, 3rd Floor, 11th Main, 11th Cross, Off 80 ft Road, HAL II Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India – 560008

contact@infidof.com

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-44

17 Apr , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

Please refer our previous blog, Blog No. 43, in which looked into some of the key barriers in ensuring Process Compliance.

Today, let’s discuss and figure out ways and means for us to overcome these barriers.

Barrier

Ways & Means to overcome

Ill-defined processes Let a process be developed by those who are expert in executing a particular task with a single purpose of ensuring best execution of the task by following the process. (Against the current situation of a process being developed for meeting the requirements of a certification, under an organizational pressure of those who may not have much to do with actual task execution.)
Non-value add elements in a process Please refer the above.
Unavailability of the time required to comply with a process Please refer the above.
Threat perception with regard to being penalized for the “mistakes documented While maintaining an organizational comfort of “allowing for human error”, every attempt should be made to ensure mistake-proofing while working out a process, with a closure with thorough self & peer review.
Process not being revised, and getting outdated Periodic review and updation by the “best at it”

 

While reviewing the above, you would not miss the emphasis on the “ENGINEERING” through and through – in defining a process, keeping it updated, ensuring that a process is defined with sharp focus on ensuring best task execution.

…and the above, yes, in sharp contrast to the current reality of a heavy non-engineering content in process definition in the name of meeting the requirements of various certifications.

Certifications should facilitate “Better Engineering”, else they need to be adapted and customized with engineering brains reviewing their clauses and requirements…

Hope that you will agree to that engineering will get executed best:

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”!

Don’t you?

Respectfully yours,

Team infiDOF

#3068, 3rd Floor, 11th Main, 11th Cross, Off 80 ft Road, HAL II Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India – 560008

contact@infidof.com

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-43

10 Apr , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

Please refer our previous blog, Blog No. 42, in which looked into the obstacles in the development of the supremely important “expertise” for ensuring flawless support on an engineering requirement.

Let us discuss another very important topic today – Process compliance.

What is a “Process”? – As per the Oxford Dictionary, “Process” is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. In the context of engineering, a task is better executed as per a “Process” to ensure predictability in terms of effort, timeline, and quality of the “end”.

Every matured engineering organization has numerous processes as required by its business lines and quality system/s. As an end objective, compliance to them is required for smooth operation of the organization. While huge effort is invested to ensure process compliance, there remain alarming gaps, leading to the oft-quoted phrase “compliance as a tick in the box”. Now, it is a serious threat to our objective.

Let’s look at the possible causes:

(i)                  Ill-defined processes making them difficult to follow

(ii)                Non-value add elements in a process working against its whole-hearted acceptance by those who need to comply with it

(iii)               Unavailability of the time required to comply with a process encouraging “short cuts

(iv)              Threat perception with regard to being penalized for the “mistakes documented

(v)                Process not being revised, and getting outdated

Do you see any other causes?

A process is ultimately a tool fit to solicit its usage and hence compliance by a user only if it helps… Do you agree?

We need to discuss it further…will…

Respectfully yours,

Team infiDOF

#3068, 3rd Floor, 11th Main, 11th Cross, Off 80 ft Road, HAL II Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India – 560008

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