ENGINEERING 2.0: THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLABORATIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
As companies move from selling hardware with add-on services to offering functions as part of a total lifecycle commitment, the product development process needs to change to meet new demands. For instance, a virtual enterprise is a loosely organized network of partners partaking in product development activities, and knowledge workers need to increasingly collaborate across a wide range of boundaries (i.e. teams, organizations, cultures, languages, time zones, etc.), often addressing ill-defined problems based on incomplete or inaccurate information. The talk focused on how to enable knowledge workers in such enterprises to more successfully share and utilize tacit knowledge across the enterprise, for instance by paying closer attention to aspects of informal communication and unstructured information. A bottom-up approach to knowledge sharing is proposed, where current research efforts are focused on exploring how Web 2.0 technologies could be used to both promote knowledge sharing and avoid information overload in the domain of engineering. The deployment of Web 2.0 style technologies in an engineering context is framed by the concept of “Engineering 2.0”, a term coined by the speaker.
EDUCATION IN CREATIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
As product development moves into more complex areas, developing functions instead of hardware sets a higher demand on the product development teams. Engineering teams are today made up by global engineering teams with high diversity that shall develop a product and meet the challenges of complexity, life cycle commitments and integrated services. The presentation focused on teaching and the pedagogy Peter use in his lectures; how do we educate engineers to face the challenges mentioned above and at the same time create team based innovation? How to innovate in a global, fast-paced environment with products with a high degree of complexity. The presentation also included highlights from other leading universities such as Stanford University, Aalto University and Deft University of Technology.