As we approach the holidays, I wanted to spice up my blogs with a little fun and a song. As you read through the song, maybe you can see some things that relate to your career. It's all for fun and some exaggeration.
On the first day of Christmas, HR gave to me a gift card to Walmart and a company ornament for my Christmas tree.
On the second day of Christmas, my marketing manager gave to me a brand new concept to design with 100 new features, but it has to be cheaper than last year's design.
On the third day of Christmas, my engineering manager gave to me a schedule for this brand new design, which is needed in three months and takes nine months to complete.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my accounting manager gave to me an approved budget 30% less than what is required for the design.
On the fifth day of Christmas, the sales rep gave to me 12 design kits, five supplier brochures, a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies, a free ink pen, a calendar, and a coffee mug.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my PCB manufacturer gave to me nine prototype PCBs, instead of the 10 I ordered, with seven partially assembled.
On the seventh day of Christmas, my lab tech gave to me a 20-page test report of 200 tests that were performed on my design, with only about half the tests passing.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my purchasing engineer gave to me a list of parts with extremely long lead times, a cost reduction proposal, and a letter stating why he wants to switch all my suppliers.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my manufacturing engineer gave to me a list of reasons why the PCBs and wiring cannot be assembled, along with recommended last-minute changes to the work instructions.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my codes engineer gave to me a request to provide 20 more assembled PCBs, because the first lot of PCBs blew up during the unrealistic testing that was performed on them.
On the 11th day of Christmas, our customer gave to me a request to pull in production two weeks, so the product can hit the market before shopping season begins.
Finally, after all the stress and headaches and long days and nights, on the 12th day of Christmas, I walked into the store and saw the product on the shelf, with smiling customers buying a part of my hardwork. I smiled with joy and pride as I realized it was worth it. As I walked out of the store, I prepared to start all over on the first day of Christmas.
Hope you enjoyed the 12 days of an electrical engineer's Christmas. After all your hard work dedicated to your designs and projects, I hope you too can smile on the final day and be proud of your — and your team's — accomplishments.