How to work with engineers

I ususally cringe a little bit when I hear the term ‘engineer’ applied to software design. [1] But a recent article on Medium, How to Work with Engineers could be equally applied to any engineering job.

One of the frustrating things I’ve worked through on projects is getting the customer to really understand what their asking for. I’ve sat in design review meetings, after the customer had requested that I make an absolute bullet proof process, only to sit through their shock and awe response to the price tag. This article could literally be turned into a checklist of what an engineer should discuss with customers in the project scoping meeting.

In the end, there is one line that sums it all up.

All this is to say: engineers are the shit.

Yes… yes we are.

  1. Dr. Drang will back me up on this.  ↩

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