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Tecnicolor Life, Projects and Project Management!
Tecnicolor Life = Trial and Error

Tecnicolor Life = Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping craze:
1. Build a prototype in some (small) part of your project ... in the next 3 hours (no kidding! I do that at the Project Management Seminars. Test it TODAY
2. Tomorrow. See paragraph 1. This is Repeat! Prototype! Test!
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It should also be Tecnicolor Life = Precise. Trial and error may not provide comprehensive assessment of product features and underlying issues or problems. I am not a great fan of rapid prototyping as it may sometimes lead to organisational constraints or bottlenecks(if not properly planned). I have seen organisations rushing themselves through this rapid prototyping and burning millions on the developed applications stack. Rapid prototyping is good and can give only a feel of what we need. But then rapid prototyping requires detailed due diligence of relevant IT and business departments before further progression. If rapid prototyping passes objective/detailed analysis, it can get into the loop you have envisaged. But there is always a word of caution...
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 06, 2020 4:44 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Suneel
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Rapid prototyping: I do this with my seminars :-)

Have you ever wondered how 3D printing can help with rapid prototyping?
Feb 05, 2020 1:38 PM
Replying to Suneel Kumar Nadella
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It should also be Tecnicolor Life = Precise. Trial and error may not provide comprehensive assessment of product features and underlying issues or problems. I am not a great fan of rapid prototyping as it may sometimes lead to organisational constraints or bottlenecks(if not properly planned). I have seen organisations rushing themselves through this rapid prototyping and burning millions on the developed applications stack. Rapid prototyping is good and can give only a feel of what we need. But then rapid prototyping requires detailed due diligence of relevant IT and business departments before further progression. If rapid prototyping passes objective/detailed analysis, it can get into the loop you have envisaged. But there is always a word of caution...
Dear Suneel
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Rapid prototyping: I do this with my seminars :-)

Have you ever wondered how 3D printing can help with rapid prototyping?
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1 reply by Suneel Kumar Nadella
Feb 06, 2020 4:56 AM
Suneel Kumar Nadella
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Dear Luis, Good question. When 3DP(3D Printing) came into prominence in 2017, I was expecting 3DP to enhance digital manufacturing processes. 3DP has made significant changes in automotive, aerospace and health industries over last few years. I strongly believe 3DP makes prototyping more effective and create rapid business value. However it all depends upon adoption of 3DP as it may replace some of existing manufacturing processes. This means there may be additional investments to make but the business case will yield significant benefits if long term horizons are taken into consideration. As world is looming with economic downturn, it really depends on the appetite of organisations in investing into 3DP.
Feb 06, 2020 4:44 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Suneel
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Rapid prototyping: I do this with my seminars :-)

Have you ever wondered how 3D printing can help with rapid prototyping?
Dear Luis, Good question. When 3DP(3D Printing) came into prominence in 2017, I was expecting 3DP to enhance digital manufacturing processes. 3DP has made significant changes in automotive, aerospace and health industries over last few years. I strongly believe 3DP makes prototyping more effective and create rapid business value. However it all depends upon adoption of 3DP as it may replace some of existing manufacturing processes. This means there may be additional investments to make but the business case will yield significant benefits if long term horizons are taken into consideration. As world is looming with economic downturn, it really depends on the appetite of organisations in investing into 3DP.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 06, 2020 6:50 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Suneel
Thank you for your opinion

You wrote: "As the world is looming with economic downturn"

What makes you think so?
With the digital transformation and the emergence of new technologies or new concepts for the use of technology, the world will change ... a lot.
Will this change have to be preceded by a crisis?
Feb 06, 2020 4:56 AM
Replying to Suneel Kumar Nadella
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Dear Luis, Good question. When 3DP(3D Printing) came into prominence in 2017, I was expecting 3DP to enhance digital manufacturing processes. 3DP has made significant changes in automotive, aerospace and health industries over last few years. I strongly believe 3DP makes prototyping more effective and create rapid business value. However it all depends upon adoption of 3DP as it may replace some of existing manufacturing processes. This means there may be additional investments to make but the business case will yield significant benefits if long term horizons are taken into consideration. As world is looming with economic downturn, it really depends on the appetite of organisations in investing into 3DP.
Dear Suneel
Thank you for your opinion

You wrote: "As the world is looming with economic downturn"

What makes you think so?
With the digital transformation and the emergence of new technologies or new concepts for the use of technology, the world will change ... a lot.
Will this change have to be preceded by a crisis?
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1 reply by Suneel Kumar Nadella
Feb 06, 2020 2:18 PM
Suneel Kumar Nadella
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Dear Luis, Couple of reasons for me to say economy is not doing well is based on recent report of IMF.

https://blogs.imf.org/2020/01/20/tentative...ggish-recovery/

The indicators are not looking that great for developed countries as well as emerging countries. Both China and India are really struggling to meet up their promises on GDPs and unemployment is really a big worry there. I already see several state governments in India paying money for not being employed from the age of 21 onwards. India is producing approximately around 20,00,000 undergraduate degree students and 7,00,000 post graduate students every year. The important challenge India have is to keep their undergraduates staying in India and having suitable employment opportunities. India's GDP has gone down from 8% and above from 2014 to 4.8% in 2019. China's GDP is also around 6%. That is a worry when two of largest and emerging countries economy is not looking great. In addition, delayed countries economy indicators are weak as well. USA's GDP is looking around 1.7% in 2020 and Europe's GDP around 1.3% (average) 2020.

With this harsh realities, Strategic investments will become tougher and it makes company executives to think upon stringent budget policies. This is the rationale for me thinking about another economy recession or sluggish cycle 2019-2024. I will be very happy if all countries work together and deliver what they promise from a GDP perspective over next four years to prove me wrong.
Feb 06, 2020 6:50 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Suneel
Thank you for your opinion

You wrote: "As the world is looming with economic downturn"

What makes you think so?
With the digital transformation and the emergence of new technologies or new concepts for the use of technology, the world will change ... a lot.
Will this change have to be preceded by a crisis?
Dear Luis, Couple of reasons for me to say economy is not doing well is based on recent report of IMF.

https://blogs.imf.org/2020/01/20/tentative...ggish-recovery/

The indicators are not looking that great for developed countries as well as emerging countries. Both China and India are really struggling to meet up their promises on GDPs and unemployment is really a big worry there. I already see several state governments in India paying money for not being employed from the age of 21 onwards. India is producing approximately around 20,00,000 undergraduate degree students and 7,00,000 post graduate students every year. The important challenge India have is to keep their undergraduates staying in India and having suitable employment opportunities. India's GDP has gone down from 8% and above from 2014 to 4.8% in 2019. China's GDP is also around 6%. That is a worry when two of largest and emerging countries economy is not looking great. In addition, delayed countries economy indicators are weak as well. USA's GDP is looking around 1.7% in 2020 and Europe's GDP around 1.3% (average) 2020.

With this harsh realities, Strategic investments will become tougher and it makes company executives to think upon stringent budget policies. This is the rationale for me thinking about another economy recession or sluggish cycle 2019-2024. I will be very happy if all countries work together and deliver what they promise from a GDP perspective over next four years to prove me wrong.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 06, 2020 2:55 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Sun
Thank you for sharing this data with us

China and India have growth rates above 5%.

In the short term, they will be the "engines" of the global economy

For many, many years I have not known what an average GDP growth rate of over 1.5% is :-)
Feb 06, 2020 2:18 PM
Replying to Suneel Kumar Nadella
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Dear Luis, Couple of reasons for me to say economy is not doing well is based on recent report of IMF.

https://blogs.imf.org/2020/01/20/tentative...ggish-recovery/

The indicators are not looking that great for developed countries as well as emerging countries. Both China and India are really struggling to meet up their promises on GDPs and unemployment is really a big worry there. I already see several state governments in India paying money for not being employed from the age of 21 onwards. India is producing approximately around 20,00,000 undergraduate degree students and 7,00,000 post graduate students every year. The important challenge India have is to keep their undergraduates staying in India and having suitable employment opportunities. India's GDP has gone down from 8% and above from 2014 to 4.8% in 2019. China's GDP is also around 6%. That is a worry when two of largest and emerging countries economy is not looking great. In addition, delayed countries economy indicators are weak as well. USA's GDP is looking around 1.7% in 2020 and Europe's GDP around 1.3% (average) 2020.

With this harsh realities, Strategic investments will become tougher and it makes company executives to think upon stringent budget policies. This is the rationale for me thinking about another economy recession or sluggish cycle 2019-2024. I will be very happy if all countries work together and deliver what they promise from a GDP perspective over next four years to prove me wrong.
Dear Sun
Thank you for sharing this data with us

China and India have growth rates above 5%.

In the short term, they will be the "engines" of the global economy

For many, many years I have not known what an average GDP growth rate of over 1.5% is :-)
Dear Luis,

Rapid prototyping could also be seen as fail fast,fail often in order to have a starting base early on, learn from it and apply the lessons learned in a different environment. Also if you are an 'ideas person' prototyping in general should come easy.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Feb 09, 2020 11:47 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire:
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Absolutely according to what you wrote: "Rapid prototyping could also be seen as fail fast, fail often in order to have a starting base early on, learn from it and apply the lessons learned in a different environment"
Feb 09, 2020 11:24 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

Rapid prototyping could also be seen as fail fast,fail often in order to have a starting base early on, learn from it and apply the lessons learned in a different environment. Also if you are an 'ideas person' prototyping in general should come easy.

Daire
Dear Daire:
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Absolutely according to what you wrote: "Rapid prototyping could also be seen as fail fast, fail often in order to have a starting base early on, learn from it and apply the lessons learned in a different environment"
Laws of rapid prototyping

1. Define a small, practical test of some part of your project .... on one page or less. NOW!
2. Gather materials you already have on hand to conduct the test ... (very) cheaply. NOW!
3. Find a (different?) Customer partner who will provide you with the test site and act as a sounding board. NOW!
4. Set a deadline of five business days - or a little longer, or a little less - for the next practical step
5. Conduct the test. As soon as possible
6. Verify and meticulously record the results in the Project Notebook
7. Set the date for the next test. As soon as possible (Five days from now)
8. Repeat ... ad infinitum
This is nothing really new. We were doing 3D rapid printing prototypes a decade ago. CAD files were being sent to China, and the parts were sent back in 3 days. Actually, I'm very surprised it hasn't taken off faster than it has.

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