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The New Engineering Game

By : Tim Weilkiens
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The New Engineering Game

By: Tim Weilkiens

Overview of this book

Organizations today face an increasingly complex and dynamic environment, whatever their market. This change requires new systems that are built on the foundation of a new kind of engineering and thinking. The New Engineering Game closes the gap between high-level reflections about digitalization and daily engineering methods and tools. The book begins by describing the first three industrial revolutions and their consequences, and by predicting the fourth industrial revolution. Considering the fourth industrial revolution, it explains the need for a new kind of engineering. The later chapters of the book provide valuable principles, patterns, methods, and tools that engineering organizations can learn and use to succeed on the playfield of digitalization. By the end of the book, you’ll have all the information you need to understand the various concepts to take your first steps towards the world of digitalization.
Table of Contents (5 chapters)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Just like for the third industrial revolution, it is hard to say when the fourth industrial revolution started or whether it has even started yet.

The unique thing about the fourth industrial revolution is that it is a predicted revolution. The first, second, and third industrial revolutions were afterward observed as revolutions in their own right. For the first time, we have the opportunity to act in the sense of the change. It is an excellent opportunity for companies.

The era of mass production and extremely optimized processes have led to effective, but inflexible, organizations. That is no problem as long as those organizations operate in a stable environment. Nowadays, we have highly dynamic markets, and the environments of many companies are anything but stable. The markets of the fourth industrial revolution, therefore, require flexibility and adaptability.

The primary technical enablers of the fourth industrial revolution are cyber-physical systems...