Webinar on DFM & Concurrent Engineering

 

Dr. Anderson’s DFM webinars present and discuss the same leading-edge principles as the in-house seminars he has honed over the last 25 to dozens of clients.

Like all DFM classes, they class content and handouts are customized to your products and personally prepared and presented by him.

The advantages of the webinar format are:

Cost. The cost of a DFM webinar is about a third less than the equivalent two-day in-house DFM class without any travel expenses for the instructor or attendees. And, contrary to “budget" classes, all his DFM classes are presented by the expert himself from slides and handouts that are both customized to the client, unlike other classes that use canned slides and handouts, presented by staff trainers.

Unlimited Class Size:  There is theoretically no class limit, but webinars should be focused on the same type of product and culture, which means that all the people in all the involved sites will be trained in consistent methodologies.

Scheduling: In the Americas, a "two-day" DFM seminar is be given on four afternoons, which gives workers mornings to get their work done, so attendance will maximized. Webinar days do not have to be consecutive to accommodate workloads and other conflicts, which results in much better attendance.  More flexible scheduling also results in a better week choice, even spanning weeks, without travel planning complications. 

Result of the last two points: fuller, more diverse classes = better learning and better results,
especially for initiatives that span departments or sites, like rapid order fulfillment and scalability. 

Arrangements. DFM webinars can be scheduled quickly without having to set aside consecutive days or block out calendars for travel.

Presentations and Interactions. Webinars can now be personable and interactive. Webinar hosts, like Cisco's Webex can allow the instructor to present full-screen PowerPoint slides and then switch to a "discussion" mode, when the class sees the instructor on their screens and the instructor sees the attendees in each conference room (which is recommended to encourage discussions amongst attendees). This makes the DFM webinar more personable and is used for opening remarks and all Q/A and back-and-forth discussions.

Class preparation.  Avoiding travel results in 2-3 extra days of class preparation: 1-2 extra days that would otherwise be spent traveling + maybe plus a travel cushion day and another day that would otherwise be spent making travel arrangements.  Further, webinars allow later input that can be incorporated into the presentation

Modularized sessions and attendance. The DFM class agenda is modularized so managers can log on for the first 4-hour session to join the class to learn what they need to do to lead and support leading-edge product development. For the second session, supply chain people can log in to learn how to optimize for part/material availability, off-the-shelf parts, and vendor/partnerships.

Avoid bidding delays and hassles.  If your company thinks it can save money by going out for bids for training, the bidding process will burn through a lot of calendar time and resource-hours, only to take months to end up with the proverbial "low bidder," who often send staff trainers to present canned (non-customized) slides from obsolete handouts.   Bidding is usually just a competition between the least-common-denominator  because the best won't bid!  These are some of the reasons why bidding is highly discouraged for operations and supply chains .
            The answer to getting out of this conundrum and being able to bring in training when needed, and save money too, is to arrange a webinar as  "on-line" of "virtual" training, which may be funded in ways that don't require complex purchase orders and consulting contracts for "in-house service providers" that may need even more funding for  expensive tools, proprietary templates, licensed methodologies, and software, for which many "classes" just pitch and then show how to use once you buy several "seats.". 
          You can avoid getting mired in bidding wars by position the training as "just web-based training" and position Dr. Anderson's courses as broader and much more effective than narrow courses that teach "tools" to engineers or "project management" to managers.  Broader courses could be called "Concurrent Engineering," or "Integrated Product Development" and focus on improving the overall product process.  

To see the agenda for the DFM webinar, see the page for the DFM class agenda

The webinar format is also available for Build-to-Order & Mass Customization classes.

 

For more information, call Dr. Anderson at 1-805-924-0100
or e-mail him at anderson@build-to-order-consulting.com.
To explore the opportunities of these techniques at your company call or email
with your name, title, company, phone, types of products, and needs/opportunities

   

Contact information:

  Dr. David M. Anderson, P.E., CMC
fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
www.design4manufacturability.com
phone: 1-805-924-0100
fax: 1-805-924-0200
e-mail:
anderson@build-to-order-consulting.com

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