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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 Gap of Slackness

Figure 3.9 shows the Gap of Slackness. The vertical axis represents the typical challenges for product vendors. These include, for example, more complexity, less time to market, reduced costs, and perfect quality. You could certainly list more of them for your domain:

Figure 3.9: The Gap of Slackness

The product curve along the time axis always increases and reflects the steadily increasing demand for improvements. Globalization and the accompanying global dynamics change the linear slope of the curve to an exponential slope. More competitors with different backgrounds are making the markets tougher for vendors (see Globalization).

We need methods and tools to develop those products, and they must also improve over time. The challenging factors are slightly different from the factors for products. For simplicity, we borrow the same axis from the products for the methods and tools. The methods and tools curve is a little bit below the product curve. The distance...