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Old 04-16-2014, 02:01 PM   #121
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Originally Posted by 38Chevy454 View Post
Good reading and just catching up on all the discussion. The good/fast/cheap problem is so true. Engineers are always making trade-offs to balance the three and try to maximize the end result.

A thought occurred to me, kind of related to the subject, but maybe should be a separate topic. However I will throw it out here.

Ever notice how good technical engineers do not make good managers? They tend to be too micromanaging, unable to delegate, or give good direction.

Is this a result of being trained by similar bad managers in their early careers? Or a result of the tendency for engineers to be detail oriented? Maybe it's just self-preservation and trying against odds to survive against the issues identified in the original post video?
I notice that people get promoted based on being good at their job, not based on being able to manage people which do the job. Those are two very different skill sets.

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. One person's stupidity is another person's job security.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:19 PM   #122
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Originally Posted by jIMOh View Post
I work in software industry for one of world's 3 largest CAD and PDM vendors.
Yes, I'm all too familiar with it. Spent 5 or 6 years at that building on the hill off US 50, and left when EDS bought it. Happiest day of my life!

But my comment came from a smaller company I had been with that did only custom Mac software. A number of Fortune 100 customers, and I sat through innumerable meetings that were so similar to the one in the video that it's kinda scary!

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