• Errata-002


    Dec 30, 2015

    We recently discovered a bunch of conversion errors in the Kindle ebook version of the second edition of An Engineer's Guide to Solving Problems.

  • Offline !

    Offline !

    Nov 12, 2015

    Some of you might have noticed that recently this website was not available for several days.

  • Inertia


    Jul 12, 2015

    The most powerful force in the universe might just be inertia.

  • Home, Sweet Home

    Home, Sweet Home

    Apr 26, 2015

    The words family and familiar have a common root and surprisingly similar meanings.

  • Thinking is Hard

    Thinking is Hard

    Jan 25, 2015

    Thinking is Hard. There are lots of different kinds of thinking, but this post addresses the thinking associated with making choices and decisions that affect any project or problem-solving effort.

  • When Problem Solving Methods Fail

    When Problem Solving Methods Fail

    Sep 28, 2014

    Sometimes we simply cannot "solve" a problem to our own satisfaction. There are many reasons this can happen, but these reasons probably do not mean that your problem-solving method was bad.

  • Does sharing knowledge make you less valuable?

    Does sharing knowledge make you less valuable?

    Aug 24, 2014

    Some people worry that documenting and sharing what they know makes them less valuable. I present arguments that sharing increases your value.

  • Document or Die!

    Document or Die!

    Jul 5, 2014

    The DoD Principle is easily summed up with the short statement, "If it's not worth documenting it's probably not worth doing."

  • Saying

    Saying "Thank You"

    Jun 16, 2014

    It isn't always easy to remember to say, "Thank You" to people who help us. I want to take a little time to thank some people.

  • Understanding what earns your company money

    Understanding what earns your company money

    May 26, 2014

    I like to think that almost all companies are in the business of solving problems for their customers.

  • Catching Up

    Catching Up

    Apr 27, 2014

    Catching up after an extended time without new posts.

  • What are You Reading?

    What are You Reading?

    Dec 19, 2013

    I sometimes get asked the question, “What are you reading?” The question means this week or this month, not at this instant.

  • Too Much to Do Today

    Too Much to Do Today

    Dec 3, 2013

    A brief essay on the difficulty of balancing urgent or important tasks.

  • EE Interview Questions 3

    EE Interview Questions 3

    Nov 13, 2013

    Here are four more questions that an Electrical Engineer might encounter during an interview.

  • EE Interview Questions 2

    EE Interview Questions 2

    Nov 13, 2013

    Continuing the discussion of Electrical Engineer interview questions.

  • EE Interview Questions 1

    EE Interview Questions 1

    Nov 13, 2013

    Here are some typical interview questions for an Electrical Engineering candidate.

  • Electrical Engineer Interview Questions

    Electrical Engineer Interview Questions

    Oct 28, 2013

    Some reader responses to an online article (elsewhere, not mine) make me really sad and a little bit mad.

  • Feedback


    Oct 21, 2013

    Electronic and Human Systems both use feedback to obtain useful results.

  • The C.R.A.P. Test

    The C.R.A.P. Test

    Oct 8, 2013

    I recently was introduced to an easy-to-remember test you can apply to any knowledge you gain from research.

  • The Four Constraints of Any Project

    The Four Constraints of Any Project

    Sep 26, 2013

    I was wrong. There are four (not three) constraints of any project. Read on to discover the bug in my previous thinking.