Many fields, industries, and organizations already recognize the value of user experience (UX) to illuminate how people interact with technologies—those that they develop as products, those they use as part of daily operating procedures, and those that serve to drive revenue through consumer engagement (e.g., marketing efforts). Yet, many industry leaders struggle to justify the expense associated with doing UX research by hiring an outside party to complete the work.
This session, lead by John M. Spartz, Director of the UW-Stout User Experience Center (UXC), will highlight approaches to this human-centered research that can benefit your organizations while evidencing the ROI—practical, fiscal, and humanistic—of UX research for a host of organizations and a wealth of user interfaces. Ultimately, attendees will take away a better understanding of the importance of UX for organizations and the relative merits associated with putting “things” (technologies, interfaces, products, etc.) in front of human users as part of the iterative design process.
Join us for a panel of seasoned exporters as they discuss organizational changes, challenges and how they determined which new international markets to add to the list of countries they sell to. They will also talk about resources available for those new to exporting, as well as those who are looking to expand their export markets. This session will be conversational and will allow for questions to be addressed.
Family Business Succession Planning discusses the importance of planning in family business businesses. The presentation discusses the four plans necessary to be a successful family business and how to create a legacy for the future. The presentation also highlights best family business practices that have been shown to maintain successful family business.
This presentation will provide business owners with an introduction to the factors that play a key role in driving overall value from a market standpoint. Receive an overview of what your financial statements say to investors, and how they interact to represent normalized operational values which can be compared to your industry as a whole. Discover how benchmarking your company against industry standards can identify key value drivers. Explore the application of those performance indicators to develop and monitor a business strategy to build on your current successes.
Additive manufacturing (AM) has opened new opportunities for fabricating geometrically complex parts. Unfortunately, traditional design methods are incapable of exploiting these opportunities. In this talk, participants will be introduced to topology optimization (TO), a design method that is particularly well-suited for AM. Various TO methods will be discussed, followed by examples and case-studies that illustrate the synergy between TO and AM. The talk will conclude with open research issues and current trends in TO.
Do you have action lists that are seemingly endless and difficult to get done, or feel like continuous improvement is sort of hit or miss between events? Kata-style thinking provides a structured pattern of action that smooths out the improvement process and creates a more natural, continual flow of improvements. The Kata system is effective with both big improvement events and daily efforts.
The Kata system is not a difficult, technically structured, hard to get going, or a hard to use system. Quite the opposite; it is surprisingly easy once you see the thinking behind it. When “the lightbulb comes on”, it has a natural flow to it. We have found this system develops team members to become better “ongoing difference makers” rather than just being good at implementing an action item.
This presentation will show you the key elements of a Kata system, see how companies are using it, and provide you with enough details to go back to your organization and test it out.
Bob Oliver, a UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Growth Advisor, will present a view of the future and what is driving exponential change. He will discuss why it is one of the best times to be in manufacturing along with some of the current and future challenges businesses face. Bob will then discuss how manufacturers can succeed in the 21st century including how to manage your changing workforce.
This interactive discussion will share how to drive down healthcare costs while helping employees take control of their health. Through this effort to provide an on- or near-site primary care clinic to their employees, employers can take control over one of biggest expenses and, more importantly, engage their valuable employees to be healthier! Attendees will learn and weigh in on innovative ideas around healthcare plan design with a focus on on- and near-site primary care clinics, how a clinic can improve overall health and wellness of employees; how an on- or near-site primary care clinic can reduce healthcare spend; and primary reasons it is one of the most well received of all employee benefits.
Plan to attend this presentation to learn about opportunities to engage with UW-Stout and best practices on how to structure a co-op/internship experience. Participants will learn successful techniques to source talent early and insights into trends in the field of college recruitment.
The single largest challenge that fabricating and machining companies in Central Wisconsin face in growing their business is an on-going and projected lack of available skilled welders and machinists. The Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance (CWIMMA) is a voluntary organization of manufacturers in advanced metal manufacturing industries dedicated to promoting educational and career opportunities in the welding, fabricating, and machining trades. This workforce labor shortage will adversely affect all types of businesses in the years ahead. Learn how the CWIMMA group came to be and the efforts that are being developed to build a worker pipeline for these industries.
Your company is made up of people who, in addition to being employees of your company during two-thirds of their waking hours, are busy living their lives in a very challenging and turbulent world filled with many highs and lows, joys and stressors. There are Millennials, Generation X-ers, and Baby Boomers who all bring various talents and motivations to your workplace. How do you appropriately engage your workforce in a way that values them as not just employees, but people who have issues and challenges going on in their personal lives that affect their focus and productivity in your workplace? We will tackle those subjects and more in this breakout session called The Value of Engaging Your Workforce.