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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

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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

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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

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-42

26 Mar , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

Please refer our previous blog, Blog No. 41, in which we promised to take up numerous details – starting with this blog. We need to look at these details in relation to the key ideas consolidated and listed in Blog No. 41 to ensure our success in our mission.

Yes, there are numerous details… We can’t take them up all at once. Let’s take a detail in every blog now onwards, including today’s blog.

As you must have taken a cognizance of in our earlier blogs, we have been re-emphasizing the supreme value of “expertise” in supporting an engineering requirement. The development of “expertise” requires a resource to stay – in a “climatic condition (–> Domain)” – preferably in the same “soil (–> Organization)”. How long? – As long as it may take…

Let’s review the above in sharp contrast to the prevalent situation in which a resource hops from domain to domain, and organization to organization for non-engineering reasons, like inability of a resource to hold a long-term career perspective, inability of an organization to hold a long-term business perspective, etc.

So there are three vertices of the expertise-development responsibility matrix – Resource, Domain, Organization. There is an absolute need for synergy among them to ensure the feasibility of the end coveted result.

Let’s review the reasons for the current “otherwise” state:

  1. A business development structure without a foundation of expertise-based engineering
  2. As a result of the above, a shaky organization with inherent inability to offer a much-needed prospect to a resource to “stay and stay in a particular domain”!

The future direction is obvious…Isn’t it? The so-called problem of attrition is largely due to the above, along with a few more reasons which we’ll discuss in our next blog.

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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Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-41

4 Mar , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

infiDOF completes its first year! It’s time to reiterate our goal and the key ideas that we picked up exploring and interacting with you in the last year, which are going to define the future course of infiDOF, and, with your support and patronage, also of the course of engineering in our country.

Goal – To get our country at the lead position in serving outsourced global engineering support requirements

(i) Idea-1: Creating an ecosystem in our country – Universal set of all those who operate in the Engineering Domain, e.g. OEMs, Service Providers, Training Institutes, Colleges, Resources, etc. – which will attract and support the biggest engineering challenges from all corners of the world.

(ii) Idea-2: Creating an engineering education system consisting of faculty sound in basics and passionate about engineering themselves, and contents which equip the students to be more than ready for the professional challenges and expectations.

(iii) Idea-3: Ensuring that engineers lead charged-up lives with a deep sense of professional satisfaction with their energy levels kept intact (and not looking for hopefully peaceful retired lives at least without the day-to-day grudges of otherwise professional lives!)

(iv) Idea-4: We need to set up an ecosystem looking forward to the best of engineering challenges, rendering itself hungrier for the guidance and mentoring of its senior “fountains” of inspiration.

(v) Idea-5: Ensuring a professional framework which will keep every engineering brain in the best of spirit to be contributing till “heart feeds the brain with oxygen”.

(vi) Idea-6: Creating an awareness that for Engineering Business “Engineering” is most important and business growth would require an atmosphere of learning, sharing, and exploration.

(vii) Idea-7: Creating panels of experts in various domains with membership from both Academia and Industry for leveraging their expertise as well as periodically reviewing the ecosystem status, and share input on what need to be sustained and what to be initiated.

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

There are numerous details that need to be discussed and worked on… We’ll take them up starting with the next blog…

Respectfully yours,

Team infiDOF

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

 

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-41

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-40

19 Feb , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

In our previous blog, Blog No. 39, we discussed the ninth action item for the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) – to create panels of experts in various domains with membership from both Academia and Industry to leverage their expertise as well as periodically review the ecosystem status, and share input on what need to be sustained and what to be initiated.

Today we are to look at the tenth and last action item (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) today – to create forums and platforms for encouraging all the elements of the ecosystem to meet and interact periodically.

Let’s be conscious one more time of the formidable task that we have taken up – thanks to both our audacity and our commitment to excellence in engineering – with the purpose to take our country to the lead position in serving global engineering support requirements.

Let’s share one more time our raison d’être – An Engineering Organization set up with the sole purpose of Enhancing Engineering in all its infinite ways that it gets executed world over through building up & nurturing “infiDOF Ecosystem” – Universal set of all those who operate in the Engineering Domain, e.g. OEMs, Service Providers, Training Institutes, Colleges, Resources, etc.

This Ecosystem needs to work as a single integrated entity to move towards the purpose that we have. The elements need to interact closely for the ecosystem to work efficiently as well as to get an opportunity to both provide and receive inputs for improving individual contributions.

Let the Panel of Experts work out the periodicity…

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

There are numerous details that need to be discussed and worked on… We’ll take them up starting with the next blog…

Respectfully yours,

Team infiDOF

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

Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-39

13 Feb , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

In our previous blog, Blog No. 38, we discussed the eight action item for the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) – to create a database of the “fountains of inspiration” and facilitate leveraging.

Let’s think together on the ninth action item (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) today – to create panels of experts in various domains with membership from both Academia and Industry to leverage their expertise as well as periodically review the ecosystem status, and share input on what need to be sustained and what to be initiated.

This is different from creating the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia. We are referring to a need to create domain-specific panels. Why do we need these panels?

The genesis of these panels lies in the expectations that we have set in the definition of the action item:

(i)                  To leverage their expertise

(ii)                To periodically review the ecosystem, and share input on what need to be sustained and what to be initiated.

Let’s look “why” for each of the above.

(i)                  Why to leverage their expertise? – One of the key requirements for moving towards our goal (You know “what”…) that we see and have been talking about is “Grouping” and leveraging the synergy of “Grouping”. In the present context, we are referring to domain-specific expertise which exists at Academia and Industry, largely separated and thus both Academia and Industry missing an opportunity of “multiplication by addition”. We see a great value of this “Group Synergy” in addressing a possible expertise gap in addressing support requirements.

(ii)                Why to periodically review the ecosystem, and share input on what need to be sustained and what to be initiated? – We have shared several times in our earlier blogs that Industry is essentially dynamic, and hence nothing that is OK and enough today will continue to be so in the times to come. Hence there is a need to review the status, take an objective view, and identify changes – periodically.

….and, of course, implement the changes!

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

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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Engineering Outsourcing Business in India-38

3 Feb , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

In our previous blog, Blog No. 37, we discussed the seventh action item for the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) – to create an awareness that for Engineering Business “Engineering” is most important and business growth would require an atmosphere of learning, sharing, and exploration.

Let’s think together on the eight action item today – to create a database of the “fountains of inspiration” and facilitate leveraging.

Please refer our Blog No. 11, dated 28th June 2014, in which we talked about the “fountains of inspiration” for the first time (and several times more in subsequent blogs).

Fountains of inspiration – They are living examples of excellence in engineering, with tremendous ability to address engineering challenges as well as to ignite the fire of excellence in others!

We wonder about everything in our lives which appears way beyond our reach – to start with, followed by, often, a slow realization that it is difficult but within reach, and, sometimes, working towards accomplishing the same for ourselves! The key is the change of perception from “impossible” to “possible”, and it’s for this that we need the “fountains of inspiration”…

Hence we need to create a database of the “fountains of inspiration” and facilitate leveraging!

How to go about? As usual we would leave it to the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia to work out the “how”.

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

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-37

21 Jan , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

In our previous blog, Blog No. 36, we discussed the sixth action item for the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) – to initiate and oversee Technical Developments for meeting “below-the-horizon” requirements.

Let’s think together on the seventh action item today – to create an awareness that for Engineering Business “Engineering” is most important and business growth would require an atmosphere of learning, sharing, and exploration.

Does the above appear as a trivial proposition?

Let’s review the current Engineering Business Scenario. Here are our few key observations:

(i)                  The major support activities are: (i) Project support (ii) Training support (iii) Resource support.

(ii)                The technical expertise development is generally driven by available requirements, resulting in a general absence of long-term technical expertise development plans.

(iii)               Professional careers of resources are at the mercy of available requirements.

The final outcome is a framework which rests more on business prospects available rather than an inherent strength to “develop  expertise and demand requirements”…not in line with the goal that we have set for ourselves!

…and hence, our proposition – Let Engineering happen in the way that it should happen, i.e. in the spirit of learning, sharing, and exploration. In the process, the support organizations will develop the muscles to support more and more…

There are a few support organizations today which understand the wisdom of this proposition, and are already on a right path. The need is to reinforce it further for them, and convey the message “loud and clear” to those who are yet to realize the wisdom of this proposition.

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

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-36

8 Jan , 2015,
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Dear Friend,

In our previous blog, Blog No. 35, we discussed the fifth action item for the Panel of Experts from Industry & Academia (listed in our Blog No. 29, dated as 29th October 2014) – to initiate and oversee Technical Developments for meeting “below-the-horizon” requirements.

Let’s think together on the sixth action item today – to create forums and platforms for Academia and Industry to share learning.

Let’s review for a while the current scenario of knowledge-sharing between Academia and Industry. Few of the current modes of knowledge-sharing are:

(i)                  Technical details published

(ii)                Seminars, and workshops

(iii)               Academia and Industry joint reviews (e.g. for some of the Aerospace Programs in our country)

(iv)              Folks in Academia moving to Industry (and vice versa) as a career shift

Are the above enough? Are both Academia and Industry aware of the technical achievements of each other on a real-time basis?

No – We feel – due to various reasons, including the inadequacy of the current modes of knowledge-sharing!

We mean to set up formal forums and platforms…for both you and us are here with a purpose, and hence we would not take things for granted. The knowledge that gets generated at both Academia and Industry on a regular basis must to available for each for the purpose that we have – the purpose of getting ahead as a country in contributing to the Global Engineering Requirements.

Please share your thoughts – We’ll wait for them as usual…

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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