In this episode, we talk to Lucas Marino, D.Eng., PMP, CMRP, a systems engineer and integrated logistics support manager – entrepreneur, and owner of EAST Partnership and MCS, LLC, about life cycle engineering and how it fits into integrated product support.
This is a guest blog by Steve Soldati, P.E.
Picture this: It’s 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, you’re thinking about where to go for lunch, but you are still waiting for a response from your project team member. You had requested this information via email three weeks ago and every few days you get a, “You should have it soon.” You sent an email earlier that morning asking for an update on the project designs and calculations to incorporate into your plan set, which is due in just one week, but still no word. You go off to lunch, steaming and upset about the lack of urgency and communication of your colleagues.
When you arrive back at the office, you open your inbox to see an email from your team member with the requested design and calculations. “Yes, finally!” you shout out loud. But when you open the email, the design is incomplete, and your team member has additional questions that should have been asked much earlier. You storm over to their desk to chew them out and tell them how poorly they performed. You tell them they need to communicate better, learn to design properly, and take responsibility for their work. Then you head back to your desk to rework the design, spending many additional hours to get it ready for the upcoming deadline. And you grow even more frustrated and stressed because there is still so much on your plate that needs to be done, but you are now worried that won’t happen. This causes you to become even more uneasy, cranky, and unpleasant to be around.
This is a guest blog by Kyle K. Cheerangie, P.E.
As a young engineer, I knew early on that I wanted to be a leader. However, I didn’t know the basics of leading others, nor, therefore, how those might fit in with my personality. Certain aspects of leadership came naturally to me: I was a natural at simplifying complex tasks and listening to others. However, two skills eluded me: I often let my ego get involved in the task and I found it difficult to communicate in groups. Since then, I have learned, on-the job, the four competencies an effective engineering leader needs to have:
In this episode, I talk with Jen Bunk, architect of the People Stack® – the network of people, places and things that help tech managers build better teams. Jen provides strategies that tech managers can use for building effective teams. Jen also talks about how, in order to be an effective leader, you must commit to leadership and also consider seeking coaching and guidance in your own career.
Here are some of the key points discussed on building effective teams within an organization:
In this episode, I interview Jon Sharkey, a software engineer from Google about the engineering behind the Waze application. We also talk about how project teams work at Google, specifically what the workflow looks like, tips on project management and everyday communication tools John uses as well as tools used at Google.
Here are the key points discussed on the Engineering behind Waze:
A lot of members of the Engineering Career Community love to travel, both for work and for play. They understand that to grow in their careers and as individuals, they have to get out into the world and mix it up. Experience life, experience developing relationships, and yes – experience being uncomfortable. This last point might not sound enviable, but true travel introduces a level of uncertainty. And uncertainty has a way of making most people – me included – uncomfortable.
But exiting your comfort zone is a necessity for growth, growth as a person and as a professional. Simply put, to move ahead in your engineering career you’ll need to travel. [Read more…] about To Move Ahead In Your Engineering Career You’ll Need To Travel