Well, it's almost time again...Marco in the fall. A great place to be...Assuming I actually make it there (the wife is pretty sick and I'm really hoping I don't get it), I have a question to ask all of you...
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You see, I'm about to cancel the next West Michigan CWG Chapter meeting.
Not because I don't want to hold it, but because I can't due to other business committments. Neither can my co leader, and nobody else wants to step up to run it..
Which brings me back to the Two Lane Highway..
Any community like the CWG needs two way communication and participation.
If you're an older fart like me, you remember when The Who released the classic "Who's Next" album...Not so much for the controversy created by the album cover, but for the music the album contained...One of those tunes was a song called "Goin Mobile"..While this was about life in the fast lane, I can't help thinking that it is even more applicable today..
As I could not present directly at the Vienna Conference either in person or remotely, I provided my presentation as a recorded session, so it could still be made in my absence.
The presentation can be accessed from this link
until it is loaded on this site.
If you've been hiding under a rock, then you may not be aware that Phil Martin will be giving a talk on pricing at the conference in Vienna. He is not only attending his first conference, but he's delving into a topic that is typically shied away from at our conferences. Good job Phil!!!
Seems hard to believe that it's been almost 4 years since I wrote about the flatness of our little VC world. Time certainly flys when you're having fun...
In those 4 years, I've spent a fair amount of time talking to various folks in the far eastern portion of the globe. I must admit, when I worte the original CWG Review article (found here;http://www.configuration-workgroup.com/node/73 ) I didn't realize just how long it would take to be realized.
We met on January 19 at Steelcase. Our topics were;
External Configurators (presented by Configura)
Impacts of VC on Materials Management
PDR (Presented by Espline)
Engineering Change Management
We had one of our beter meetings (in my opinion). Many thanks to the folks from Configura and Espline for being willing to present to our little group. Espline presented via Livemeeting and conference call, which worked very well.
Well, here we are in 2010.
As I tend to do, I took a look at my goals during the month of December. No, not to make resolutions as I don't believe in them. I believe in goals, which are different than resolutions and possibly the subject of a whole nother blog (if you can find my old MySpace account, there is plenty there)...
But part of the goal setting process is reflection. And while I did that, I realized that it was 10 years ago (November 1999) that I attended my first CWG conference and asked SAP to do something different with their configuration technology.
I was listening to a Podcast about Russell Ackoff who was one of the original pioneers of Operations Research and had some interesting ideas on how business works. If you look at Operations Research it is about optimising the parts - using stopwatches, algorithms etc. But as time went on he saw things with a more big picture view.
Nov 2, 2009 Meeting Update: A Networking event is being planned for November 2, 2009 from 4pm - 7pm.
This event will be held at Max and Erma's restaurant in Grandville MI (3940 Rivertown Pkwy. S.W. Grandville, MI 49418)
If you would like to join us at this event, please send a RSVP email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org