Unwritten Laws Of Engineering
From GIS CS4
- 1 Unwritten Laws of Engineering
- 1.1 What The Beginner Needs To Learn At Once
- 1.2 Relating Chiefly to Engineering Managers
- 1.3 Professional and Personal Considerations
Unwritten Laws of Engineering
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What The Beginner Needs To Learn At Once
In Relation To The Work
- However menial and trivial your early assignments may appear, give them your best efforts.
- Demonstrate the ability to get things done.
- Develop a “Let’s go see!” attitude.
- Don’t be timid—speak up—express yourself and promote your ideas.
- Strive for conciseness and clarity in oral or written reports; be extremely careful of the accuracy of your statements.
In Relation To Your Supervisor
- One of the first things you owe your supervisor is to keep him or her informed of all significant developments.
- Do not overlook the steadfast truth that your direct supervisor is your “boss.”
- Be as particular as you can in the selection of your supervisor.
- Whenever you are asked by your manager to do something, you are expected to do exactly that.
Regarding Relations With Colleagues and Outsiders
- Cultivate the habit of seeking other peoples’ opinions and recommendations
- Promises, schedules, and estimates are necessary and important instruments in a well-ordered business.
- In dealing with customers and outsiders, remember that you represent the company, ostensibly with full responsibility and authority.
Relating Chiefly to Engineering Managers
Individual Behaviour and Technique
- Every manager must know what goes on in his or her domain
- Do not try to do it all yourself
- Put first things first in applying yourself to your job
- Cultivate the habit of “boiling matters down” to their simplest terms
- Do not get excited in engineering emergencies – keep your feet on the ground
- Engineering meetings should neither be too large nor too small
- Cultivate the habit of making brisk, clean-cut decision
- Do not overlook the value of suitable “preparation” before announcing a major decision or policy
Managing Design and Development Projects
- Learn project management skills and techniques, then apply them to the activities that you manage
- Plan your development work far enough ahead of production so as to meet schedules without a wild last-minute rush
- Beware of seeking too much comfort in planning your engineering programs
- Be content to “freeze” a new design when the development has progressed far enough
- Constantly review projects to make certain that actual benefits are in line with costs in money, time, and human resources
- Make it a rule to require, and submit, regular periodic progress reports, as well as final reports on completed projects
On Organizational Structures
- Make sure that everyone has been assigned definite positions and responsibilities within the organization
- Make sure that everyone has the authority they need to execute their jobs and meet their responsibilities
- Make sure that all activities and all individuals are supervised by someone competent in the subject matter involved
What All Managers Owe Their Employees
- Never misrepresent a subordinate’s performance during performance appraisals
- Make it unquestionably clear what is expected of employees
- Promote the personal and professional interests of your employees on all occasions
- Do not hang on to employees too selfishly when they are offered a better opportunity elsewhere
- Do not short-circuit or override your subordinates if you can possibly avoid it
- You owe it to your subordinates to keep them properly informed
- Do not criticize a subordinate in front of others, especially his or her own subordinates
- Show an interest in what your employees are doing
- Never miss a chance to commend or reward subordinates for a job well done
- Always accept full responsibility for your group and the individuals in it
- Do all you can to see that your subordinates get all of the salary to which they are entitled
- Do all you can to protect the personal interests of your subordinates and their families
Professional and Personal Considerations
Laws of Character and Personality
- One of the most valuable personal traits is the ability to get along with all kinds of people
- Do not be too affable
- Regard your personal integrity as one of your most important assets
- Never underestimate the extent of your professional responsibility and personal liability
- Let ethical behaviour govern your actions and those of your company
Regarding Behaviour in the Workplace
- Be aware of the effect that your personal appearance has on others and, in turn, on you
- Refrain from using profanity in the workplace
- Take it upon yourself to learn what constitutes harassment and discrimination – racial, ethnic, sexual, religious – and tolerate it not at all in yourself, your colleagues, your subordinates, or your company
- Beware of what you commit to writing and of who will read it
- Beware of using your employer’s resources for personal purposes. It may be considered suspicious at best, and larcenous at worst
Regarding Career and Personal Development
- Maintain your employability as well as that of your subordinates
- Analyse yourself and your subordinates