Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

Some days I just amaze myself.  I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work.  Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value.  And I can do this again and again and again until I really don’t need to pay much attention…

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Good News!

Today I was recognized on another website that focuses specifically on Engineering Management.  I’m happy to be listed as one of the top 25 Engineering Management blogs of 2012.  Check it out here: www.engineering-management.net/top-engineering-management-blogs-2012.  I really enjoy writing my blog entries.  I experience many different things at work and find that at times I can…

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Being Social with Me, Myself, and I

It all started with a training class I took.  We spent three days learning about better manager skills.  On the last day, we had to send a letter to ourselves and put it in a self-addressed envelope.  We could write about anything but we were supposed to mostly focus on what skills we wanted to…

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Vision Without Action is a Daydream, Action Without Vision is a Nightmare

Does your team have a vision?  If it doesn’t, it should.  I heard this saying once that really sums it up, “vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare”.  In my experience, most teams are taking action yet the team vision is non-existent.  Now I wouldn’t say those experiences were nightmares,…

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Present it well and they’ll ask for more!

 Whether you are a manager or an engineer, everyone needs to have some competency in presenting their ideas.  Presentation skills are critical in influencing others, articulating complex ideas, and addressing large groups of people.  Even if you spend your days confined to your office writing code or finding bugs, at some point, you will…

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Build It and They Will Come!…Really?

The concept of “build it and they will come” may be a good approach for pyramids and baseball fields, but not for engineering projects.  Good engineers are creative and come up with plenty of ideas about features for products and tools for better engineering practices.  But what they do with these ideas can make a…

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