Dr. Anderson’s DFM webinars present and discuss the same leading-edge principles as the
in-house seminars he has honed over the last 25
to dozens of clients.
Like all DFM classes, they class content and handouts are customized to your
products and personally prepared and presented by him.
International webinars have key graphics in Spanish, German, and now in
Mandarin from the new Chinese book edition.
The class will be easy to follow in any country since all words on the
screen are in the customized handouts.
The advantages of the webinar format are:
Cost. The cost of a DFM webinar is about a third
less than the equivalent two-day in-house DFM class without any travel expenses
for the instructor or attendees. And, contrary to “budget" classes,
all his DFM classes are presented by the
expert himself from slides and handouts that are both customized
to the client, unlike other classes that use canned slides and handouts, presented
by staff trainers.
Unlimited Class Size: There is
theoretically no class limit, but webinars should be focused on the same
type of product and culture, which means that all the people in all the
involved sites will be trained in consistent methodologies.
Scheduling: In the Americas, a "two-day"
DFM seminar is be given on four afternoons, which gives workers mornings to get
their work done, so attendance will maximized. Webinar days do not have to
be consecutive to accommodate workloads and other conflicts, which
results in much better attendance. More flexible scheduling also
results in a better week choice, even spanning weeks, without travel
Result of the last two points: fuller, more diverse
classes = better learning and better results,
especially for initiatives that span departments or sites, like rapid
order fulfillment and scalability.
Arrangements. DFM webinars can be scheduled
quickly without having to set aside consecutive days or block out calendars for
Presentations and Interactions. Webinars
can now be personable and interactive. Webinar hosts, like Zoom or Cisco's Webex can
allow the instructor to present full-screen PowerPoint slides and then
switch to a "discussion" mode, when the class sees the instructor on their
screens and the instructor sees the attendees in thumbnail images with
the speaking one highlighted. This makes the
DFM webinar more personable and is used for opening remarks and all Q/A and
back-and-forth discussions. This interactive capability makes remote
Class preparation. Avoiding
travel results in 2-3 extra days of class preparation: 1-2 extra days that
would otherwise be spent traveling + maybe plus a travel cushion day and
another day that would otherwise be spent making travel arrangements.
Further, webinars allow later input that can be incorporated into the
Modularized sessions and attendance. The
DFM class agenda is modularized so managers can log on for the first 4-hour
session to join the class to learn what they need to do to lead and support
leading-edge product development. For the second session, supply chain
people can log in to learn how to optimize for part/material availability,
off-the-shelf parts, and vendor/partnerships.
Avoid bidding delays and hassles.
If your company thinks it can save money by going out for bids for training,
the bidding process will burn through a lot of calendar time and
resource-hours, only to take months to end up with the proverbial "low
bidder," who often send staff trainers to present canned
(non-customized) slides from obsolete handouts. Bidding is
usually just a competition between the least-common-denominator
because the best won't bid! These are some of the reasons why
bidding is highly discouraged for
supply chains .
The answer to
getting out of this conundrum and being able to bring in training when
needed, and save money too, is to arrange a webinar as
"on-line" of "virtual" training, which may be funded in ways that don't
require complex purchase orders and consulting contracts for "in-house
service providers" that may need even more funding for
expensive tools, proprietary templates, licensed methodologies, and
software, for which many "classes" just pitch and then show how to use once
you buy several "seats.".
You can avoid getting
mired in bidding wars by position the training as "just web-based
training" and position Dr. Anderson's courses as broader and much more
effective than narrow courses that teach "tools" to engineers or "project
management" to managers. Broader courses could be called "Concurrent
Engineering," or "Integrated Product Development" and focus on improving
the overall product process.
To see the agenda for the DFM webinar, see the page for the
DFM class agenda
The webinar format is also available for
Build-to-Order & Mass Customization classes.
Webinar Proposals. Two webinar
proposals are posted at the scalability page:
one is a one-day webinar for Research groups on how to structure
product families for scalbility.The other is a two-day
webinar for Product Development teams for scalability.
Customized webinars can be presented on all the
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