Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my engineering firm — 5 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $77,000 annually, and surely this scenario occurs throughout the organization hundreds of times a month. It drains us, and it breeds cynicism. So many meetings are lost opportunities.
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Your job description is changing. Are you changing to keep up with it? The role of the MODERN-DAY ENGINEER is growing faster than ever.
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Arie de Geus, who was the head of planning for Royal Dutch Shell, stated the issue very concisely. This is what he concluded after a study of companies that have lasted the longest:
"The ability to learn faster than competitors may be the only sustainable advantage."
People often say we want to have a learning organization. Organizations per se do not "learn". It is on people who can learn - or not.
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In an engineering utopia, every project would come in on time and under budget—and, of course, be delivered by a unicorn. Two of these are possible, despite all three being rare. But few projects are planned well, so we end up with unrealistic expectations and often don’t figure that out until the project is 80% through the original timeline and nowhere near 80% complete. How can you solve this perennial dilemma and introduce more predictability into your design process?
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We have all been there, in the middle of a design project that seems stale, boring, no end in sight. What do you do when you get there? What do you do when you hit a plateau? How do you create and engineering breakthrough?
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After going through several years of what can be considered a grueling engineering curriculum, you may believe that you’re completely prepared for what awaits you after graduation. I’m here to tell you just how completely wrong that idea is. Yes, you may have learned more than you ever imagined in the last four + years, and not to say that it was a waste, but all young engineers still have much more to learn beyond the classroom. Here are ten ways that your college education didn’t prepare you for Real World Engineering.