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This Time…or All the Time? September 28, 2009

Posted by Jason in Daily PM.
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When giving or receiving instructions, it’s important to distinguish “rules” from special circumstances.  Engineering is loaded with rules-of-thumb, shortcuts, assumptions, and yes, a few guesses.  “Safety Factor” is just a fancy euphemism for “fudge factor”.  Throughout the design process, especially when training or mentoring younger engineers, it is critical to fully explain when a task is to be done all the time or whether it is being applied for this special case (and other special cases like it). (more…)