New Year, Better Us: a Service Business' Resolution

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Not only did we celebrate a new year when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2020, but also a new decade (depending on who you ask)!  What is it about a new year that causes us to take stock and vow to make improvements?  As I stepped on the scale this morning, I noted that one of my high ranking resolutions is in serious jeopardy.  But then, I was able to rationalize my lackluster progress by remembering that all the holiday cookies, candy, caramel coated popcorn, etc. have been consumed, and the plan to lose a few pounds should self-correct (skeptics need not reply).

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Topics: Communication, Business, Project Management, Internet of Things, For Fun, IIoT

The Art of Effective Project Communication

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 30, 2017 8:35:03 AM

Communication is one of the most significant factors in any kind of venture. Whether it's operating a business or executing a capital project, communication among team members and between stakeholders is critical. Clarifying understanding, enabling trust, and building confidence, are just a few of the critical benefits of optimized communication. This blog post is intended to explore the application of effective communication, specifically in capital projects.

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Topics: Communication, Project Management

The Benefits of Thinking About the Negatives of a Project

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 6, 2017 2:04:03 PM


"Unintended consequences." Sounds harmless, guilt-relieving, “not-our-fault” kind of language.  On the surface it's a simple-enough statement, declaring that there were outcomes to some actions taken that (usually) ran counter to the intent of the project, and generally they were not desired.  In other words, "some bad things happened that we did not expect."

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication, Manufacturing, Business, Project Management

How much transparency is too much?

Posted by Wendy Smith on Sep 7, 2016 12:32:19 PM

Recently we received some excellent feedback from a client at the conclusion of a project. The scores were glowing, but one remark surprised us: the client stated that we might have been too transparent.

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication

The Value of Feedback

Posted by Wendy Smith on Apr 28, 2016 11:25:01 AM

Due to some changes in our organization I recently had a new responsibility added to my plate.   Some of the words that describe it are “Voice of the Customer” or traditional terms like Customer Service or Customer Satisfaction.  These things have always been high on my priority and values list, and something that I have been intimately involved in as an account manager.  But when your name gets tagged to it, it becomes even more important to you!

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication, Quality

Building a Consensus on Projects and in The Primaries

Posted by Steve Beyer on Apr 18, 2016 2:35:05 PM


On a recent business trip to California, I had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley. There I learned much about the man and the mission that he was on as president in the 1980s, and also had an opportunity to get my picture taken at the entrance of Air Force One.

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication, For Fun

Asking the right questions during the bid process

Posted by Wendy Smith on Apr 11, 2016 2:52:07 PM


Sometimes it is not what you say, but how you say it.  In the engineering services world, we live by requirements (what you say – or write). Sometimes we create the requirements for or with our clients, and other times we write a proposal in response to the requirements and define a project to meet them.

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Topics: Communication, Purchasing, Project Management

5 quick tips for communicating better with your customers

Posted by Wendy Smith on Mar 15, 2016 1:13:10 PM

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Topics: Communication

Data Logging Communication System for Improved Maintenance

Posted by Levi Gustin on Oct 13, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Ever see the "Check Engine" light come on in your car, and have no idea what could be wrong? For the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, this was the reality - except they didn't have a mechanic to plug in an instrument and give them a diagnosis. They had to shut their train down, walk around to try and find the problem, and then determine if they had to call maintenance. 

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Topics: Communication, Data Logging, Light Rail

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The goal of this blog is to be helpful to readers by providing useful information about applications in industrial engineering, design and skilled trades, as well as industry knowledge. We're passionate about manufacturing in the United States. We have a little fun with it too.  

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