...Asked For Forgiveness


I know that sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission, but it can also come back to bite you.  In the case of building without a permit, I've seen people forced to spend many times more to correct an un-permitted project once they got caught than it would have cost them had they just gotten a permit from the start.


The Boss Told Me To Have A Good Day...


Probably the same guy who's not even out of bed yet and already he can't wait to get home from work tomorrow.  He's been written up for being late five times in one week and says, "Great!  That means it's Friday."  He thinks, "Work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?"  Chances are, he won't get far in life.

The idea that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life is mostly true, but I love (most of) what I do and yet, many days still feel a lot like work.  I'm fine with that, because it's also true that opportunity is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Used to Be Indecisive...

The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision.  On some projects, it's the design schedule that's "squished" by the inability of the owner to make a critical decision - regardless of when the owner finally makes up their mind so the design can move forward, the submittal deadline doesn't change.

...seems like I should write more, but I can't decide what.

Artificial Intelligence


Experts say AI will change the world more than anything in history - including replacing about half of current jobs.  Those jobs predicted to be "safe" require the qualities that make us uniquely human such as social intelligence.

Hmmmmmm.  High IQ but low social intelligence...  Should we engineers be worried?

This cartoon kinda reminds me of the line by Detective Spooner (Will Smith) in the movie I, Robot: "You're the dumbest smart person I have ever met in my life!"  Just about every group of friends has someone like this guy.  If you don't think there's one in your group, it's probably you! 





Just a Quick 15-Minute Project

A wise man once said, "All's well that ends." - it's just that some projects never seem to end. 

This reminds me of the time when I was a young engineer, I would sometimes be summoned to the senior engineer's office for a "really quick project I need you to do".  "This shouldn't take you more than a few minutes," he'd say.  Those projects almost always took a lot more than a few minutes - sometimes many hours - and I'd often do much of the work on my own time since I didn't want to appear to be a slacker.  Finally, I'd set the completed project on the senior engineer's desk (and enter just a few minutes for the project on my time sheet).  I eventually came to realize that this was more of a genius ploy to either make sure I worked quickly or to get free labor, I'm not sure which.  In either case, it worked!

I'll Change Your Title


Do employees need job titles?  Are titles outdated?  Do titles encourage internal competition and stifle cooperation?  Do they disrupt productivity and innovation?  Are they limiting or confining or do they help clarify roles and responsibilities?  A hundred people would probably have a hundred different opinions.  There are countless articles on this topic by seemingly well-informed writers – some in favor and some strongly opposed.  With all the conflicting advice, how to decide what to do? 

What I do know is this guy probably should re-think his strategy for asking for a raise.