Product Design from a Data Professional Viewpoint, with Gabor Szabo (A Chat with Cross Functional Experts)

"A Chat with Cross Functional Experts" is a Quality during Design interview series. Our focus is speaking with people that are typically part of a cross-functional team for new product development. We discuss their viewpoints and perspectives regarding new products, the values they bring to new product development, and how they're involved and work with product design engineering teammates.

Today we talk with Gabor Szabo. Gabor is an engineering and data professional with experience in numerous industries, including the medical device and automotive industries. In his current role a Sr. Principal Engineer of Operations Excellence, he works with various cross-functional teams on validating new processes and products, launching new products, helps them diagnose and solve technical problems. He hosts the Critical Talks podcast. He also develops software and builds data products in R.

We talk about:

  • managing ongoing team information
  • new product development as a "discovery mission"
  • confirming that it is good to have problems
  • how aligning the head and the heart can lead to success
  • his ventures into the R programming language with his motivation to serve the engineering and quality communities

Gabor's Podcast

Critical Talks with Gabor Szabo

Gabor's Recommendations

Gabor mentioned Jocko Willink and his "Good" mantra. Here's a link to Jocko's video: https://youtu.be/IdTMDpizis8

Gabor also recommended this book:
Heath, Dan, and Heath, Chip. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. United States, Crown, 2010.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Switch/QgzBqhbdlvUC?hl=en&gbpv=0

The R package library he posts to is Crayon: https://github.com/r-lib/crayon

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