PRAESTAR CONSULTING CAN HELP EXECUTE STRATEGY WITH INTERIM LEADERSHIP
Who: A Leading Manufacturer of Industrial Automated Equipment
Problem:Firm had promoted their most technically savvy engineer into role as Director of Engineering position without any management or supervisory training. Consequently, when the Firm entered into a highly competitive situation due to industry evolution, the Director could not drive strategy implementation within his department. He did not measure nor manage schedules or costs within his department. Designs were habitually late and over-budget. There was also significant cost due to “design rework” because of lack of inter-discipline communication within the Engineering department
Solution:Praestar Consulting was contracted to supply an interim Director of Engineering while a nation-wide search was conducted. During the contracted period, Praestar established schedules and budgets within the Engineering department. Responsibility and authority was clearly communicated to all lead Engineers on projects. Visual displays were installed in the department for schedule and cost performance metrics. Weekly “stand up” departmental meetings were initiated where all engineering disciplines reported status and identified “boundary issues” between disciplines that needed further analysis and discussion.
Benefits:During an extraordinarily busy period of market share growth and record-setting revenue pace, all machine orders were brought under managerial control. Both cost and schedule targets were achieved for active projects. Departmental stand-up meetings resulted in enhanced inter-discipline engineering discussions thus eliminating missed features and significantly reducing boundary issues. A permanent Director of Engineering was recruited and seamless transition occurred.