We are supposed to be living in a virtual age where global engineering teams can work together seamlessly to build products. The reality is that in-person collaboration is critical to engineering excellence because meeting face-to-face is a key component of innovation.
In late 2014 we held our first “Rocket Build” event, in which engineers from around the globe formed ad hoc teams for a week of imagining, designing, and building dozens of new products. The results were stunning, and several of the projects have been fast tracked for rollout to the market in 2015. The bottom line is that email and videoconferencing may improve the logistics of virtual collaboration, they simply can’t replace a physical connection.
Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company’s main driving force. He successfully established and actively manages Rocket’s OEM partnerships and is guiding the company’s growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
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