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8 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2022 In the August issue of SMT007 Magazine, Managing Editor Nolan Johnson discussed what he termed "supply pain management." is reminded me of the question that doctors oen ask: "What's your pain level on a scale of 1–10?" You all really deserve a lot of credit. For years, you've been working through your sup- ply chain pain, like Rip Wheeler aer he got shot on "Yellowstone." It hurts, but we're short on cowboys, so get back to work. Designers and design engineers have learned to navi- gate this supply chain craziness, snatching up components in short supply or making do with lower-tech parts because they're available. When was the supply chain's last normal month? It's hard to put a date on it, because even in the years prior to the pandemic, we went through a period of 50-week lead times. We had barely recovered from that when COVID hit. Changes of this magnitude have created pain up and down the supply chain. Designers have always been the "hub of the wagon wheel," as Mary Sugden once said, but now you've become much more. You've become supply pain managers. You do the best you can to ameliorate the pain felt by you and the other stakeholders. Today's designers try to avoid the pain with a little extra early plan- The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 Working Through the Design Pain

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