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Nine Ways to Protect a Project - And Project Manager - From Failure

8/9/2019 - BY: ROB STAUFFER
As any experienced project manager knows, there are many things, such as scope creep and budget issues, that can go wrong when working on a project. When these problems inevitably arise, all heads turn to the project manager for a solution. To ensure your future projects don't fail, follow these key steps.


Busting the Myth of 'Quality with a Capital Q'

8/2/2019 - BY: DALE WICKER
Even in today's manufacturing world, differing beliefs surrounding quality still exist. One of the most popular myths in the industry is the belief that 'Quality' with a capital Q, is solely the responsibilty of the Quality Department. That is... False! To truly achieve quality in a given product or process, manufacturers must establish quality as a strategic priority throughout the entire organization, not just the Quality Department. 


Are You Stuck in a Rut?

7/26/2019 - BY: DAVE NELSON
How many times during your career have you found yourself feeling stuck in a rut? When this happens, there are two ways to respond: wait for things around you to change or proactively make changes yourself.


How to Conquer Industry Uncertainty & Change with Kaizen

7/19/2019 - BY: KARA KUCINSKI
Manufacturing is entering a new era. And while the current business landscape may be vastly different than what manufacturers have experienced before, the same tools and concepts from the past can be used to inspire change and improve practices in this new setting. One such tool is Kaizen.


The Importance of Blueprint Reading: Teaching New Workers Old Tricks

7/12/2019 - BY: BOB JENKINS
Today, virtually all young people interested in engineering programs are proficient in drawing and creating 3D models that make a computer screen come alive with visuals. Painfully, however, many high schools no longer provide the option of taking a drafting class, which forms the basis of all CAD drawings. Despite the lack of attention in schools, learning skills in blueprint reading and drafting should not be overlooked by those who work in manufacturing.


Wishing You a Safe & Fun Fourth of July

7/4/2019 - THE CENTER
Happy Fourth of July!


Becoming a "Go-To" Company Starts with Customer Service

6/28/2019 - BY: TRICIA ONESIAN
The days of the stereotypical salesman are gone. No longer are salespeople encouraged to succeed by pushing unneeded services or products to customers, or by stretching the truth just to get a sale. The role of salespeople has changed. Now, it's about customer service and honesty.


How Employee Training Affects Your Company Reputation - And Your Bottom Line

6/21/2019 - BY: DEB JOSEPH
The ongoing skilled trades employee shortage is causing many manufacturers to hire from outside of the industry, bringing in people without manufacturing skills or backgrounds. However, due to the unique nature of the manufacturing industry, this lack of experience and knowledge brings many challenges for the incoming workforce. To ease workers' transitions into a manufacturing environment, a strong training program is essential.


The Executive Leadership Gap - The Elephant in the Room

6/14/2019 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
In today's market, employee retention has become a major focal point. Knowing how to retain employees begins with undersanding why they leave a company in the first place. One thing senior executives do not commonly consider is that they could be a part of the problem. 


DoD Announces New Cyber Certification Program for Contractors - Is Your Company Prepared for Audits?

6/7/2019 - BY: JEFF WILLIAMS
In an ongoing effort to maintain information security throughout the defense supply chain, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to implement a new program called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which will mandate cybersecurity audits and certifications for DoD contractors.


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