• 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.

  • Problems Occur at the Interfaces

    Problems Occur at the Interfaces

    Mar 15, 2018

    In human and technical systems, difficult problems often occur at the interfaces.

  • Abstraction

    Abstraction

    Feb 16, 2018

    Abstraction is the process of pulling a general lesson from specific details of any problem and solution. Abstraction is a critical skill for career success.

  • Stuff

    Stuff

    Jan 22, 2018

    A short discussion of the difficulty of figuring out what we should keep and what we should discard.

  • Do What You Wrote instead of Writing What You Did

    Do What You Wrote instead of Writing What You Did

    Nov 15, 2017

    I recently learned a fantastic new method to produce error-free documentation of lab experiments.

  • Teamwork

    Teamwork

    Sep 24, 2017

    There is a special joy in being part of a winning team.

  • Projects Fail at the Beginning

    Projects Fail at the Beginning

    Aug 14, 2017

    A surprising bit of knowledge I learned from an experienced Project Manager.

  • Tools

    Tools

    Jul 8, 2017

    Using the right tool turned a difficult task into a quick and easy project.

  • Grading

    Grading

    Jun 6, 2017

    We need to be careful about how we grade work. Sometimes the results are against our best interests.

  • Laughter

    Laughter

    Apr 29, 2017

    If you don’t occasionally share a laugh with your coworkers, then you are missing something important.

  • Getting Hired and Staying Hired

    Getting Hired and Staying Hired

    Mar 19, 2017

    Engineers want to get hired and stay hired. Here is one view of how you should approach the process.

  • Complexity

    Complexity

    Feb 21, 2017

    Complex problems deserve complex solutions.

  • First Question

    First Question

    Feb 6, 2017

    When we meet a person we have not met before, one of the first questions we often ask is some form of “What do you do?”

  • One Weird Trick that Solves All Problems

    One Weird Trick that Solves All Problems

    Jan 10, 2017

    Clever marketers have learned how to structure headlines to get us to click on a link.

  • You are a Genius

    You are a Genius

    Nov 20, 2016

    You are a Genius. How does it feel to read those words about you? Pretty good, eh?

  • A Pretty Good Problem Solver

    A Pretty Good Problem Solver

    Nov 8, 2016

    What are the characteristics of a Pretty Good Problem Solver?

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