• Ambidextrous

    Ambidextrous

    Nov 11, 2019

    When we learn to do any task a specific way, we often find it difficult to do that same task any other way.

  • Stop Guessing

    Stop Guessing

    Oct 3, 2019

    A short review of a book by Nat Greene, describing 9 behaviors of great problem solvers.

  • Demonstrating that you are a Pretty Good Problem Solver

    Demonstrating that you are a Pretty Good Problem Solver

    Aug 27, 2019

    Let's talk about a specific way that you can show a potential employer that you are a pretty good problem solver--and therefore you would be a good hire.

  • Cutting the Cord

    Cutting the Cord

    Aug 6, 2019

    For everyone's benefit, there comes a time when we need to physically cut the cord.

  • Memory

    Memory

    Jul 21, 2019

    If you want to be a Pretty Good Problem Solver, you need to avoid the trap of depending too much on your memory.

  • Safety

    Safety

    Jul 8, 2019

    Technical folks are often driven by a strong desire to show-off their unique skills.

  • How my sons and neighbor saved Christmas

    How my sons and neighbor saved Christmas

    Jun 14, 2019

    My wife and I took a trip-of-a-lifetime. One day I received a text message saying, "Call me when you get this." I had not seen the message for 8 hours.

  • Getting Hired: Look Forward with Optimism

    Getting Hired: Look Forward with Optimism

    May 14, 2019

    When searching for your next job, you should ignore the negatives of previous work and focus on the positive aspects of new opportunities.

  • Are Videos the same as Writing Stuff Down?

    Are Videos the same as Writing Stuff Down?

    Mar 14, 2019

    Videos are increasingly used to explain, teach, and entertain. Do videos meet the requirement to Write Stuff Down as part of solving problems?

  • Articulate the Feasible

    Articulate the Feasible

    Feb 19, 2019

    Engineers are often called upon to explain the technical details of a problem and the available options for solving that problem. You need to organize your presentation and express it appropriately.

  • A Delicate Balance

    A Delicate Balance

    Feb 5, 2019

    First impressions of a design can be wrong as I found out when fixing the LED backlight of a low-cost television set.

  • Are You Paid for Time or Results?

    Are You Paid for Time or Results?

    Dec 17, 2018

    A recent article sparked a lot of discussion about the virtues or evils of automating some of your work.

  • Don't Get Caught in the Web

    Don't Get Caught in the Web

    Oct 25, 2018

    There is a lot of great information and entertainment available on the web. Unfortunately, far too much of it is wrong.

  • Show Your Work

    Show Your Work

    Sep 27, 2018

    Other folks can duplicate or check your work when you document that effort by showing every step.

  • Patience

    Patience

    Sep 7, 2018

    Sometimes slowing down can help speed up overall project success. A little patience will definitely improve your project and product quality.

  • Talking about the Problem

    Talking about the Problem

    Aug 12, 2018

    Bob’s frustration with some so-called leaders boils over.

  • Fortune Cookies

    Fortune Cookies

    Jul 24, 2018

    Can a slip of paper inside of a cookie truly predict your future?

  • Getting Lost in the Tasks

    Getting Lost in the Tasks

    Jul 4, 2018

    Human nature makes it far too easy to get lost in the little tasks and forget a larger goal.

  • The Most Important Person

    The Most Important Person

    May 20, 2018

    When you are setting Priorities, sometimes you ask yourself, "Who is the Most Important Person?"

  • Repeating an Error

    Repeating an Error

    Apr 10, 2018

    Despite our best efforts, we sometimes make the same error more than once.

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