- Paperback: 69 pages
- Publisher: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Revised edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791801624
- ISBN-13: 978-0791801628
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book bridges the gap by offering a glimpse at the "soft" skills', gathered from engineering experience. The rules are not wordy and there certainly are no page length case studies with each. But the short, clear statements will at least make you cognizant of these interpersonal relationships and personal codes when carrying out day to day engineering decisions at the office. The book is also well suited for executives, who often forget that it is important to deal with subordinates in the "right" manner, regardless of distinct management styles. When the going gets tough, yes you may have to be a headache to everyone in the office but there needs to be a line that you cannot cross.
I feel this is a golden book that must be used from time to time, not just read once and stuffed away in a drawer somewhere for dust to collect.
I stumbled upon this book about 3 years into my first job as an engineer at a large corporation. Immediately I wished I had found it the day I first started. All of the principles in this book are clear, concise, and make perfect sense to implement. I feel like my attitude towards what I'm being asked to do at work has improved tremendously, and I don't think it was bad to begin with. It's like I finally "get it", and I can spot my co-workers who still do not.
What do you do when you're being asked to work on something beneath your abilities?
What is the single greatest attribute of a new professional?
How do you handle being asked to do something by another department?
How do you handle enlisting another department to peform work for your projects? Or, how do you handle a project that affects another department's function or domain?
All of these questions are answered and more.
It seems amazing that a book written so long ago by some engineer in a different field, different company, and different job could hit the nail on the head so precisely. If someone had told me this book was written in present day by one of my co-workers, I would have believed them. I have since read this book once a year, because I firmly believe it is the key to success. I think it should be handed out to every college grad who will be going to work for others.
My favorite portion deals with feature creep, which is the bane of engineers. The statement is know when to 'freeze' design at where the design meets specifications, requirements, timeline, and cost. After the rev 1 is complete it is much easier to add onto a complete functional design than to fix a design which hasn't been shaken out or built.
What do I know? 13 years into the engineering industry and I wish I would have had this in college, and gave it a read once a year to refresh my memory and chisel of a few rough edges to make me a better person/engineer/supervisor/manager.