Advice for new engineering managers

If you recently stepped into the role from a developer position, here is some of our most popular resources that others have found helpful. Are you a boss or a leader? Team building: forming - storming - norming - performing The engineering manager’s journey for engineering excellence 10 questions to ask your electrical design engineer

November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Management, V2017|

Engineering Manager: Are You a Boss or a Leader?

Learning to be a leader to your team, instead of being a boss, can be a challenge. This is true whether you have just transitioned from a product developer to a management position, or you have been a manager (or team leader) for a while. There are things you can do and ways you can behave [...]

February 1st, 2017|Categories: Management, V2017|

Tips to successfully manage product development without a technical background

Managing product development is difficult. Especially when you don't have a technology background and you are doing it for the first time. We have worked with many such business owners to help them develop hardware and software products. Throughout the years we have also discovered there's a lot of inaccurate advice out there. This article [...]

December 15th, 2016|Categories: Design Tips, Management, Project Management, V2016|

The Engineering Manager’s Journey for Engineering Excellence

For engineering managers who want to create workplace environments for high performance and engineering excellence, learning from peers is a great way to become a better manager. Here are some lessons learned from peer engineering leaders as they share their journeys. Transitioning into Your New Engineering Management Role In Charles-Axel Dein's blog, he shares what [...]

August 24th, 2016|Categories: Management, Project Management, V2016|

Encourage Employees to Try New Things

Many successful teams learn faster than their rivals, and with the support of good managers, this nimble learning helps create work environments where employees are encouraged to try new things. This synergy enhances openness to new ideas, allowing implementation of new methods that improve product innovation. Some of these team enhanced processes can include running experiments, [...]

July 28th, 2016|Categories: Management, V2016|

Team Building: Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing

As an engineering manager, building high-performing teams is critical to your success. Managers must understand how to get groups to work effectively across the organization and how to get tasks accomplished quickly to remain competitive. Understanding group development can help managers develop and shape their team. Leaders must be able to recognize and understand group [...]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Management, V2016|

5 simple employee motivation strategies

Reprinted from KnowledgeFlow Blog. KnowledgeFlow provides tools for managing creative work include task addons for BaseCamp, project management software. 5 approaches to employee motivation Strategy 1: communicate. Effective communication requires a two-way process and it is a must for a manager to be successful. It means devoting part of his or her time to listen to others and to [...]

January 15th, 2016|Categories: Management, V2016|

What does the IoT Explosion Mean to Engineering Managers?

The idea of connecting devices to the internet (IoT) has been popularized and is seen as the next big thing with projections of massive growth. Every company seems to be jumping on board with new IoT devices and systems. Is the IoT just hype? While some of the talk of "IoT explosion" might be hype, a [...]

October 16th, 2015|Categories: IoT, Management, V2015|

Advice to Hardware Startups

Avoid risk in making your new product. At the beginning of each new project, we spend a lot of time understanding the context of the design to identify the important tradeoffs and parameters.  This helps us to understand the possibilities and best solution for each problem.  Sometimes our advice is not limited to design issues like power, size, wireless, [...]

July 21st, 2015|Categories: Management, Project Management, V2015|

Mitigating Risk of Obsolete Electronic Components

When evaluating components for inclusion in a system, if you limit your analysis to performance and cost, you may discover later in the design process or even after you are in volume manufacturing that the part is now obsolete. This can expose you to long lead times, higher prices, and ultimately the need to design [...]

January 15th, 2014|Categories: Design Tips, Management, Project Management, V2014|