Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Wednesday, 1 April 1970

OBSOLESCENCE


Appendix D

How do you score on this quiz?

How does systems engineering differ from systems and procedures? value analysis? industrial engineering? Operations research? project management? process engineering?

Can you explain, to your wife's satisfaction, terms such as total systems, materials management, information retrieval, direct costing, closed loop, group processes, theory x and theory y, interface, parameters, on-line, ambivalence, binary logic, motivational research, transducer, polymer, learning curves, simulation?

Have you quit reading your professional journal because the material is getting too hard to understand - 'too technical' too impractical'? Do you have trouble keeping up the jargon peculiar to your industry or your field of specialization?

What does PERT have to do with: linear programming? probability theory? computers? How does it differ from critical path scheduling? flow charting? Gantt charting?

Can you name two major changes that have taken place, over the last five years, in the fields of job evaluation, powder metallurgy, work measurement, data processing, Purchasing, packaging, metalworking, materials handling, bench assembly?

Do you trouble helping the kids do their math or science homework? Can you still let your old texts fall open to any page and handle the problems on it?

List the six most important innovations or trends that have shown up in your industry in the last 10 years. (Clue what are leading companies in the industry doing, changing, or planning? ) 

Are you frankly snowed-by some of the speakers at con­ventions and seminars in your field? Do you find yourself retreating to familiar 'primer' sessions?

If computers were free, what five jobs would you first put on yours?

What's the difference between line balancing and line of balance? quality control and reliability? programmed instruction and teaching machines? analog and digital computers'? cryogenics and cybernetics? scientific management and management science?

Name three ways your plant could use operations research if the money were available. (It is not 'big plant stuff' !)

What are the two most important management or technical books you have read in the last year? (Good intentions don't count.) 

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