• 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.

  • 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.

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