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Evolutionary Data Modeling

by Robyn Sands

I worked for Lockheed right after college. In my first year, I was part of a team assigned to evaluate Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP) methods and tools. I was familiar with MRP; it had been part of the required curriculum for my bachelor's degree, plus I had some prior experience with MRP systems. However, MRP was a very new idea at Lockheed, and it was the antithesis of the philosophy behind the existing systems. My boss and mentor, Skip Christopherson, had been at Lockheed more years than I'd been on the planet and he knew every aspect of Lockheed's scheduling system, down to the very smallest detail. You attended classes in MRP together after work and it was like a classic ...

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