How your engineering team can work together more effectively

If you’re here, then you’re probably leading an engineering team that’s been asked to deliver a product with more functionality, at a lower cost and with faster lead times. Most likely without more resources or hires… What can you do?

What happened to engineering teams in 2022-2023?

Customers have always wanted things better, faster, cheaper. But in the last 3 years, engineering teams have really started to feel the squeeze. To meet customer expectations, teams need more specialized expertise. Product design decisions in one area can have a cascading impact on the rest of the design – not to mention manufacturing and supply chain.

But keeping all these functions on the same page is way too admin intensive (meetings, spreadsheets, endless emails back and forth). This leaves engineering teams feeling burned out, and causes mistakes to slip through the cracks. At the end of the day you may find...

Product launches get delayed

Projects go over budget

Quality mistakes make it in to production

With rising product demands, some engineering leaders have had an “ah-ha” moment…

Staying on top of all this admin work across sustaining engineering and product development used to mean hiring more people or pushing your people harder. Maybe you’ll find a 5% efficiency gain here or there. But now you need to control OPEX and you can’t hire more people… you need more than a 5% efficiency gain… 

In 2024, engineering leaders must increase the effectiveness of their teams by  modernizing how people work with each other

Why? Because your team has been doing things the same way for 20+ years. Ask yourself: 

  • Are people actually engaged during design review meetings?
  • Are issues getting lost in emails, slide decks, and spreadsheets?
  • How much time do engineers spend on non-value added work?
  • Do you use data to improve the way you work?

How many other things are slowing your team down, that you know of (or don’t)... In 2024, you must enable effectiveness through automation, cold hard data, and enhanced collaboration. 

By improving collaboration, engineering teams are becoming more effective and achieving things like:

  1. A successful product redesign: done in half the regular time, resulting in a 50% cost reduction for a key subsystem
  2. New designs launched to market 30-40% faster, pulling revenue months ahead
  3. A complete transformation of value analysis and value engineering company-wide, resulting in achievement of 8-figure VA/VE targets in 4 consecutive years

Engineering leaders need a system built for collaboration

CoLab is a cloud based platform purpose built for fast, effective collaboration. Using CoLab, multiple engineers, designers, and other stakeholders can review designs together and build off one another's feedback.

CoLab isn’t built to control product data -- you already have PLM for that. Instead, it allows you to interrogate the right data with the right people in real-time or asynchronously. With CoLab, decisions are made with context, input from the right people, and as early as possible in the process.

 Reviews and decision making get tracked automatically and can be synced back to PLM. Engineers can do what they do best, and CoLab will support them with record-keeping in the background. Meanwhile, CoLab’s Insights feature gathers data about all of the human to human interactions that power your product decision making. That means you can objectively improve how your team evolves a design from concept to production validation

Formal Design Review
  • Drawing Reviews and Approval
  • Gate Reviews
  • Change Reviews
  • Data Driven Design Improvements
  • Documentation and Audit Automation

Core Values

Accelerate Time to Market

Reduce Costly Mistakes

External Collaboration
  • Secure File Sharing / Viewing
  • RFQ Collaboration
  • DFM Collaboration
  • Visual Change Notifications

Core Values

Accelerate Time to Market

Reduce Costly IP Breaches

Cost Reduction
  • Virtual Cost Reduction Events
  • Integrated Value Engineering
  • VA/VE Idea Prioriation and Mgmt
  • BOM Reviews

Core Values

Execute More Quality Ideas

Reduce Product Costs

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The best engineering teams in the world won’t settle for 10% efficiency gains. By focusing on effectiveness, they’re unlocking a new working potential.

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"Something that used to take a full year, we got it done in six months. And I personally have never overseen a cost reduction redesign of that scale — in terms of the number of parts and the amount of complexity — and been able to hit a 50% cost reduction on it.”

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