"Working in today's environment." Hello everyone! I just read an article in the August 25-September 1, 2008 issue of BusinessWeek, that summarizes the next wave of work environments as follows: 1. People want more flexibility in their work processes. 2. People don't want to come in to work as often to save gas. 3. People who think they are "leading edge" are saying that schedules and face-to-face work environments are no longer … [Read more...] about #72 Drop the Schedule!
Engineer to Technical Manager
"If you do one thing… do this" Hello everyone! You've been hearing me say for some time that for the typical engineer, management is a new career. You've heard me say that the soft skills, the interpersonal people skills make all the difference in your success, long-term. Well, last Wednesday I moderated a panel discussion at the monthly evening dinner meeting of the San Francisco chapter of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and … [Read more...] about #70 AIAA-SF Panel Tells It Like It Is!
Should a technical manager be a technical expert? Hello everyone! There seems to be an on-going debate about how technical an engineering manager ought to be. Some say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt has to understand the technology they're managing well enough to actually have answers and be capable of doing some of the work themselves. Others say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt doesn't have to … [Read more...] about #67 How Technical Should A Manager Be?
Can you think your way through management? Hello everyone! How does science progress? On the shoulders of giants, so the saying goes. Those of you who have taken my classes have heard me say that for the typical engineer, management is a new career. That's my saying. You've also heard that science progresses on the shoulders of the giants who have come before us. All knowledge builds on the foundations of the past. Algebra is the … [Read more...] about #66 On The Shoulders of Giants!
“What to do when you are good at everything” Good evening! This weekend I went to the birthday party of a colleague. At the party I met an engineer, we'll call him Pete. Now Pete was in his mid-forties, a post-doc at a major university and, working at a small software startup. We struck up a conversation and after he found out what I do he invariably made the statement, "Wow, maybe I should attend some of your classes." As we talked about his … [Read more...] about #26 The Technologist’s Dilemma
“The Necessary Art of Persuasion” Good evening! I just finished reviewing an article in the Harvard Business Review magazine called OnPoint, dated Winter 2006. These are selected articles from the Harvard Business Review, and the title on the cover is "The Art of Middle Management." It's an interesting magazine with a variety of articles and as the weeks go by, I'll be reviewing some of the articles in my blogs. One of the major articles … [Read more...] about #24 Art of Persuasion