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Fiddle-Factors, Factors of 2 & Fatal Errors

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/24/2013 9:27:58 PM
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Re: Design reviews / staff cutbacks
Charles - In part, some of what you're saying relates back to some commentary I made on mentoring. Besides just having a blend of engineers on a team, do you actively work to mentor the new engineers?

 

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Charles Razzell
Charles Razzell
2/20/2013 7:17:26 PM
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Re: Design reviews / staff cutbacks
Hi eafpres,


I appreciate the point that you are making.

It is clearly important to "engineer" teams to have the right mixture of mature, experienced individuals and younger engineers who may know less, but ideally are hungry to learn and achieve. We have to actively manage that mix to obtain a high performing team, and it is certainly helpful when higher management understands that true value is not just a ratio of headcount to dollars!

Another factor that can make it difficult to provide sufficient review and oversight is geographically dispursed teams. This is an increasingly prevelent situation that requires high levels vigilence (and good design review habits) to manage well.

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eafpres1
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2/20/2013 10:17:26 AM
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Design reviews / staff cutbacks
Hi Charles--good points.  Doing things from memory can make you seem smart at the time but really dumb later.

The last few engineering groups I managed were extremely "lean" due to tight budgets.  Workload was very heavy, and the groups were very "flat".  (Catching all that management speak for "we have cut you below the resources you need but we expect you to work harder to make up for it"?).

Have you seen as a result of the economic downturn less oversight of junior engineers due to staff reductions?

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