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5 Ways to Improve Your Next VA/VE Initiative

5 Ways to Improve Your Next VAVE Initiative

For those who may be unfamiliar, Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE) is a problem-solving methodology that uses two effective processes for optimizing the value of a product or service. What differentiates them is the point when they are applied in the product life-cycle process. Value Engineering is conducted before any significant financial investments (i.e. tooling, plant, or… Read More

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

The team at DISHER loves to problem solve. We take on many roles with clients where we put our hours of problem-solving training and experience to work. Some of our favorite structured methods include: Six Sigma, Shainen, KT, Practical Problem Solving, A3 problem solving, and 8D problem Solving. However, the complete list of problem-solving tools is endless. Each… Read More

Who had the Better 2017 Bowl Season– the Big Ten or SEC?

BIG 10 vs. SEC

College football is here! During the very first game I channel surfed on (WY@NMST), the announcers were already discussing which conference was better this year - the Big Ten or SEC. It is always a spirited discussion. This year has to play out, but to provide some fodder for the discussion— let’s reflect back to last year’s bowl… Read More

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

The pace of innovation can make your head spin. Just a little over a decade ago no one owned a smart phone. Only forty years ago—no one owned a computer. Today, over 60% of Americans are glued to some type of screen. Even colleges struggle to put together curriculums for careers that are coming. It’s hard to keep… Read More

A Healthy Culture Reduces Ankle Biters

A Healthy Culture Reduces AnkleBiters

Meet Scout. Scout is an English Springer Spaniel. Scout is cute. Scout is a lot of work. My wife and I are dog lovers. We talked about our dogs on our first date. We always assumed that we would have a dog at some point during our married lives. Our first dog was Cooper. She was a beautiful… Read More

How to Run a User Group

How to Run a User Group

That Works Well & FEELs Good I remember the first time I realized my passion for facilitating. Let me set the scene… I was a Manufacturing Engineering student at Kettering University. It was 10:00 pm. The windows were glossy black reflecting the cream-cinder-block walls of the empty class room. A ghosting of chalk was still on the blackboards… Read More

How to Build Trusting Relationships 

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Trust Me, This Is an Interesting Blog Post™  Each month at DISHER, we celebrate one of our twelve culture characteristics. The month of June was dedicated to Trusting Relationships. It became the perfect opportunity for me to share some opinion journalism about the country of Denmark, my recent experience with the Danish transit-fare collection system, and how it… Read More

Equipping Leaders to Make Real Change

Equipping Leaders

The People Side of Change Change. The word usually carries unpleasant connotations for all of us. And to bring about organizational change that involves changing behaviors? This brings about a whole other level of trepidation. According to author Torben Rick, “Changing culture is a bit like changing the course of a large ship – it takes time to… Read More

4 Trends in Commercial Design from NeoCon 2018

NeoCon 2018 Trends in Commercial Design

NeoCon is the battle-royale of commercial furniture design. It is the only opportunity for a comprehensive look ahead— all of the big-name brands, all under the same tent (or one very large building) for one short week. It’s the epicenter for showcasing design creativity and idea-making for the commercial furniture market. Several folks from DISHER explored NeoCon 2018… Read More

Making Work Meaningful

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About a year ago, I found myself a new graduate with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a core motivation to help people. I was at a loss as to how to use both my education and internal passion. Fast forward about six months to when I landed my job as a Product Development Engineer at DISHER. It has… Read More