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The consequences of tight engineering rules

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cdhmanning   6/1/2012 1:43:49 AM
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So how do you actually measure innovation? How do you know when you are getting more or less of it? I really think that limiting a budget will tend to generate more innovation than limitless budgets. A tight budget and timescale helps people focus whereas limitless time and money seems to help generate lots of pork barrel projects that get nowhere. I've worked on various projects where there was a need to generate a killer new product in a one-year timeframe. There was no time for rounds of marketing meetings, strategising, etc etc. We basically figured out what was needed to be done, figured out the obstacles and got stuck in. Those projects have tended to be very successful. At the opposite end I've worked on projects where the goal was to generate a new architecture/product line in 4 years. Cost was pretty much no object. We had countless evaluations of different FPGA options, tens of thousands of man hours of marketing sessions etc. Nothing came of those, but everyone essentially got a 4 year sabbatical to experiment with interesting tech.

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docdivakar   6/1/2012 12:54:34 AM
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@Himanshu_Gupta: well said! I used to cringe when I sat in design review meetings where the product managers would be stipulating design-to-cost goals in the early stages of my career. I find myself preaching that now. Rules are constraints that let you innovate! MP Divakar

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seaEE   5/29/2012 1:16:34 AM
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The question does come to mind: given the best technology available (no budget limit) what would be the best lap time a car could do?

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Rick DeMeis   5/28/2012 8:57:43 PM
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Hi Brian, Once when I had the opportunity to interview Mario Andretti about racing "then" and now, he said that although with more rules and regulations today there may be less "innovation," one overall positive result is greater safety. Cheers, Rick

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wilber_xbox   5/28/2012 2:59:13 AM
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Putting a budget does make sense in the light of argument that more teams can participate in the game but putting a cap on the individual parts and how the car should be make does not. Innovation is about getting best in least time and money.

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agk   5/27/2012 7:20:43 AM
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This field is a game cum research and development.New ideas are experimented and then the results are observed recorded by those companies who ever supplied the materials. Great event.

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chanj0   5/27/2012 7:15:20 AM
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Engineer, unlike scientist, has to learn how to trade; trade of budget over performance, time to market over perfection. A tight budget to achieve the same result is some kind of innovation imo.

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