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The New Engineering Game

By : Tim Weilkiens
Book Image

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)

Project Heroes and Burnout

Gap of Slackness discusses the gap between project heroes. Project heroes are the team members who make the impossible possible. However, their powers are not boundless. If they get into trouble, this is an indicator that the organization is getting into difficulty.

Organizations should not rely on project heroes and should be cleared of a charge by them. Project heroes can help out in short-term challenges, but should not be part of an organizational strategy. If the organization does not fill the gaps that were bridged by the project heroes, this implies a need for a continuous, high-speed working style.

Stress and work overload can lead to burnout syndrome. The burnout phenomenon manifests itself in varying ways. It is not an easy task to detect it before it is too late; that is, the only thing you will "see" from your project heroes are sick notes.

Although it seems that burnouts are a new phenomenon, they are, in fact, pretty old. Typically, in the...