Comments for SUDO Speak! Bridging the gap between Managers and Engineers Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:16:22 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on 5 Ways To Put Assholes In Their Place by Rick (UK) Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:16:22 +0000 Your web site is compulsory reading.

I like to think I am an Engineer (large E) but I have experienced “Not Invented Here” syndrome and rejection of an idea by a manager who didn’t understand how I did what I did (or the language I wrote it in) and hence could not take the credit.
This AFTER taking the credit for an earlier idea of mine and when ‘delegating’ the rest of the work to me in a rather public way after due adulatiuon from the gathered on his “Master Stroke”, I asked “How do you propose I do that ?” which left him with his mouth open as he had no clue.

As I once said to one of my “managers” in an earlier life, we “Engineers” can ‘out parallel process’ any number of ‘managers’ because ‘we’ understand the problems in hand when the managers are simply looking to further their own climb up the greasy pole.

Engineers do not need managing, but need steering to an end result.
Engineers and Scientists make the world. Managers like to take the credit.
I have met very few Managers I trust and the way do destroy an Engineer is to promote them to a Manager.

Comment on Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1) by SUDO Speak | Communicating With Engineers » Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 2) Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:49:47 +0000 […] And so begins the second half of the post.  If you want to go back to read the prior half, please see Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1) […]

Comment on Asshole Engineers Tear Teams Apart! by frank burch Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:31:19 +0000 ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

Comment on Get Off Your Ass And Talk To Them by Christian Fey Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:58:33 +0000 I like your thought G! You’re totally right about that. I’ve found that the people I work with and respect the most, are those who actually go to the meetings, provide insight and ideas, and then afterwards, go back to their desk and compose an email with everything that was discussed. Oftentimes, I find myself leaving the meeting and not really remembering everything they said, so when the email comes it’s like magic! All memory restored 🙂

Thanks for reading! I hope Reno is well!

Comment on Get Off Your Ass And Talk To Them by Gian Sorreta Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:49:23 +0000 Ahh to find that perfect balance…

I find myself emailing and IM’ing a lot, but not because I don’t want to talk on the phone or in person. I would actually rather do that than write toneless emails. A lot of it has to do with protection reasons, ie. watching your butt, HR reason, etc.

Unfortunately there have been plenty of instances where someone may say one thing in person or over the phone, and then later on deny or completely change a story – which could be deliberate or simply an incorrect memory. Sometimes the reason they do it and get away with it is because there is no proof of what was said before.

Maybe the balance is to talk with others, and then write followup emails/documentation.

Comment on Get Off Your Ass And Talk To Them by Christian Fey Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:30:47 +0000 Love the email address Eric! 😉 I agree with your comment about when they actually are sitting within earshot. There really is no valid excuse UNLESS people around you get irritated when people speak. Not saying that it’s OK for anyone to get irritated when standard work-related discussions come into existence though. That’s more of a personal problem. Thanks!

Comment on Get Off Your Ass And Talk To Them by Eric Saunders Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:27:30 +0000 The only time IM is appropriate when that person is sitting right behind you, next to you, etc., is when they are IMing you a resource such as a link, network path, file, etc. Otherwise, take off your headphones and just speak up!

Comment on The Trouble With Toilet Paper by Christian Fey Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:23:46 +0000 I agree with you about the engineers being the ones who especially notice the changes. Although, I’d imagine it’s more than just them due to the fact that no one really has anything to do while there besides observing surroundings. lol

And I must agree with your assessment of how to align the roll! I hadn’t really thought about the logistics of where it’s located relating to over/under. At home though, Over’s the only way to go 😉 Perhaps because it’s usually below eye-level… hmm Thanks for reading!

Comment on The Trouble With Toilet Paper by Anthony Petre Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:53:01 +0000 I think engineers especially notice changes in the bathroom. Combine an efficiency-obsessed mind with regular visits to a location and little to do but observe and evaluate the surroundings, and you’ll be surprised the level of examination the minutia gets.

For example: Over roll if mounted below seated eye-level, but under roll if mounted above seated eye-level. This permits you view of the ideal tear point to leave the next sheet hanging visibly.

Comment on Should You Really Be A Manager? by Christian Fey Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:05:07 +0000 Thank you Dave!

What is interesting is that to manage SHOULD = to lead, but for most it doesn’t… A sad state of affairs.