12 episodes

Peer Check is a podcast for engineering leaders who want to challenge the status quo by finding better ways for design teams to work together. 

Each episode features a conversation with an industry leader about how they’re innovating and the concrete steps they took to do it. If you’re looking to improve your team’s communication, collaboration, and decision-making, this is the place for you.

Welcome to Peer Check.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Peer Check is a podcast for engineering leaders who want to challenge the status quo by finding better ways for design teams to work together. 

Each episode features a conversation with an industry leader about how they’re innovating and the concrete steps they took to do it. If you’re looking to improve your team’s communication, collaboration, and decision-making, this is the place for you.

Welcome to Peer Check.

    #11 - The ‘Single Source of Truth’ Myth in Engineering

    #11 - The ‘Single Source of Truth’ Myth in Engineering

    The future of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is not in single sources of data, but in open and interconnected datasets that are optimized for access and accountability, rather than control. At least, that’s what the “Virtual Dutchman,” Jos Voskuil believes. Jos Voskuil is a PLM expert and the founder of VirtualDutchman.com, an online blog that helps PLM implementers and customers in their stepped approach towards PLM. Jos joins Adam to talk about the future of connected PLM and the part that systems of engagement will play in shaping it.
    Listen to Adam and Jos discuss:
    The benefits of a connected federated data environment
    The myth of single sources of data
    How a connected PLM positively can lead to better systems of engagement
    How organizations can start shifting to a federated model
    Multidisciplinary vs. single disciplinary collaboration in engagement systems


    More information about Jos and today’s topics:
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tacit/
    Jos’ PLM blog: https://virtualdutchman.com/
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check


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    • 34 min
    #10 - How Two Engineers are Bridging The Gap Between CAD and PLM

    #10 - How Two Engineers are Bridging The Gap Between CAD and PLM

    Today’s engineering teams are facing skyrocketing expectations. The products they’re designing are more complex than ever, there’s constant pressure to raise quality while lowering cost, and it seems like every company is trying to drastically slash time to market so they can get products launched faster.
    Yet many of today’s market leaders are still designing products the same way they did 20 years ago—and it’s holding them back. That’s why Adam Keating and Jeremy Andrews founded CoLab Software. On this episode of Peer Check, Adam and Jeremy share CoLab’s origin story and talk about how teams are using CoLab to get results.
    Join us as we discuss:
    How Adam and Jeremy went from developing one of the world’s first Hyperloop vehicles to working in Silicon Valley—then deciding to shift gears
    Why the status quo for engineering collaboration doesn’t cut it
    The evolution of CoLab from early concept to today
    What engineering leaders are saying about trends in the market


    More information about Adam, Jeremy, and today’s topics:
    LinkedIn Profile (Adam): https://www.linkedin.com/in/adammichaelkeating/
    LinkedIn Profile (Jeremy): https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyandrewsmun/
    Company Website: www.colabsoftware.com
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check


    To hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Peer Check! Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website—or just search for Peer Check in your favourite podcast player.

    • 41 min
    #9 - Taking a Practical View of Model-Based Definition

    #9 - Taking a Practical View of Model-Based Definition

    There’s a lot of talk about Model-Based Definition (MBD), which means there’s also a lot of different opinions out there. It’s one thing to paint a picture of some future vision for a Model-Based Enterprise—but how can you start taking steps today to make MBD practical for your team?
    That’s exactly what the Action Engineering team does. Jennifer Herron, Founder and CEO, and Rhiannon Gallagher, Chief Business Psychologist, join Adam Keating to talk all about MBD and what they’ve seen working with organizations to achieve MBD and MBE goals.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Why bother with MBD at all
    The challenges of shifting toward MBD
    How psychological safety impacts manufacturing organizations
    MBD and supply chain relationships


    More information about Jennifer Herron and Rhiannon Gallagher and today’s topics:
    Jennifer Herron: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-herron-cad/
    Rhiannon Gallagher: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhiannongallagher/
    Action Engineering: https://www.action-engineering.com/
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check


    To hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Peer Check! Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website—or just search for Peer Check in your favourite podcast player.

    • 42 min
    #8 – Creating an Effective KPI Strategy in an Engineering Company

    #8 – Creating an Effective KPI Strategy in an Engineering Company

    Keeping track of progress and KPIs feels like a never-ending challenge in any industry. But for engineering and manufacturing businesses, it gets even more difficult. When unexpected delays and obstacles can pop up at any moment, how can leaders set the right goals to guide their team to success?
    Niru Somayajula, CEO of Sensor Technology, joins Adam Keating to dive into her approach to setting KPIs within an engineering company, how to be an effective leader, and what it takes to foster growth.
    Join us as Niru and Adam talk about:
    How a technical background impacts growth and success as a business leader
    How financial transparency improves a team’s understanding of KPIs and company goals
    Setting company goals using revenue targets and budget constraints
    How Sensor Technology balances OKRs with individual KPIs
    Lead and lag indicators in an engineering context


    More information about Niru and today’s topics:
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niru-somayajula-96650119/
    Company Website: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sensortechnologyltd/
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check


    To hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Peer Check! Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website—or just search for Peer Check in your favourite podcast player.

    • 31 min
    #7 – The Science of Engineering Collaboration w/Dr. Alison Olechowski

    #7 – The Science of Engineering Collaboration w/Dr. Alison Olechowski

    The idea of the “solo innovator” working alone on an invention is pretty familiar to most of us. But when it comes to complex mechanical design, engineering is inherently collaborative work. Great breakthroughs don’t come from individuals; they come from teams.
    Dr. Alison Olechowski, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, joins host Adam Keating to share perspectives gained from leading multiple studies on the impact of collaborative practices in engineering.
    Listen to the full episode as Alison and Adam discuss:
    The results of successful collaboration
    The benefits of designing collaboratively
    The need for stakeholder input in co-design
    How to create opportunities for co-design
    The future of design engineering 


    More information about Alison and today’s topics:
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisonolechowski
    Ready Lab (University of Toronto): https://readylab.mie.utoronto.ca/
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check 


    To hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Peer Check! Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website—or just search for Peer Check in your favourite podcast player.

    • 35 min
    #6 — How to Bring Manufacturing into the Digital Age

    #6 — How to Bring Manufacturing into the Digital Age

    From legacy infrastructure to prohibitive costs, innovating within the manufacturing world comes with many obstacles.
    On today’s episode, we discuss what it takes to shake things up, introduce new methods, and decide which digital transformation trends are worth paying attention to (and which aren’t).
    In this conversation with Robin Dechant, Co-founder of Aveo, you’ll hear:
    Aveo’s origin story
    The most exciting digital transformation trends in manufacturing
    The biggest obstacles holding innovation back
    How disruption happens in manufacturing


    More information about Robin Dechant and today’s topics:
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robindechant/
    Company Website: https://aveo.one/
    Peer Check Homepage: https://www.colabsoftware.com/podcast/peer-check


    To hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Peer Check! Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or our website—or just search for Peer Check in your favourite podcast player.

    • 41 min

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