The 7 Deadly Communication Sins in Engineering Teams 250 250 Lynn Roulo

The 7 Deadly Communication Sins in Engineering Teams

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” ~Tony Robbins It is no surprise that communication errors are the root of the most costly mistakes in the engineering world. From slipped schedules, undisclosed technical failures, to team-wide frustration and confusion, the lack of effective communication bleeds into all…

A new book for technical training managers 331 499 Eric Roulo

A new book for technical training managers

To kick off the new year, I’d like to share a great resource designed for the technical project manager – ‘Practical Project Management for Engineers’ by RCI trainer Nehal Patel. This book guides readers through a step-by-step process on how to deliver quality, robust products and services while strengthening teams and customer relationships. It introduces the core…

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering by Richard Hamming: (1) Learning to Learn 480 360 Eric Roulo

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering by Richard Hamming: (1) Learning to Learn

Orientation. The purpose of this course is to prepare you for your technical future. There is really no technical content in the course, though I will, of course, refer to a great deal of it, and hopefully it will be a good review of the fundamentals that you have learned. Do not think the technical…

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization 386 295 Eric Roulo

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

Published on Dec 20, 2013 This presentation provides some great examples of how to present complicated data in ways that maximize the amount of information transferred. Use it for inspiration when generating engineering plots for decision-makers. [-ejr] — From www.ted.com — David McCandless makes infographics — simple, elegant ways to see information that might be…

In Search of Excellence – Tom Peters 588 572 Eric Roulo

In Search of Excellence – Tom Peters

This book is a business classic and sometimes gets short shrift due to some of the ‘best-run companies’ it highlights. Like Atari. The book was published in 1982 and has so much timeless content, it deserves a read. It’s an engaging and fast read with a tremendous amount of sage advice and actionable goodies. The…

Elements of Engineering Excellence 1024 700 Eric Roulo

Elements of Engineering Excellence

NASA looked back on it’s illustrious history and condensed the traits that were responsible for it’s mission successes. They got it down to 9 principles and 27 lessons learned. This list represents over 1 trillion dollars of hardware development. It is foolish to ignore it. Elements of Engineering Excellence (start here) Additionally referenced reports Lessons…

RCI Recommended Text Editors 598 429 Eric Roulo

RCI Recommended Text Editors

Engineers should have a good text editor in their software toolbox. It’s hard for me to help clients troubleshoot their Nastran models (in person) when they don’t have a text editor better than notepad on their machines. Some traits of a good text editor are: Ability to open unlimited size files (i.e. multi-gigabyte) Cross-platform (same…

Transient Analysis of a Train 469 333 Eric Roulo

Transient Analysis of a Train

Transient moving load going down a set of elevated rail road tracks. The Analysis was done in NX/Nastran solution 129 and presents a random spectrum moving down the train track 30mph. The spectrum was converted into a time domain random signal and then applied as a moving load going from left to right over approximately…

Lists of Leadership Guidance 258 272 Eric Roulo

Lists of Leadership Guidance

Top Ten lists are fun! There are lots of lists out there relating to management, personal development, professional development, and good old-fashioned engineering. I read a lot so when I come across a list, I enjoy reviewing it later because it reminds me of some of the ideas of the original work. These are not…

Learning from the Best – Kelly Johnson, Lockheed 480 368 Eric Roulo

Learning from the Best – Kelly Johnson, Lockheed

As part of my series on Successful Lists, Kelly Johnson ranks among the best. Primarily due to his tremendous record in aviation and the fact that he was perhaps the first to create an entirely new corporate structure that is now referred to as “Skunk Works.” Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works was responsible…

Success – Richard St. John 564 513 Eric Roulo

Success – Richard St. John

8 Secrets of Success by Richard St. John I enjoy this video for a few reasons. It is the ultimate 80/20 video. 3 minutes. If you don’t have three minutes to discuss how to be successful, please leave this website. I start all of my high school and college career talks with this video. https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success/transcript?language=en…

Scheduling – Who does What by When? 300 184 Eric Roulo

Scheduling – Who does What by When?

Schedule management is easy to implement when it’s done right, otherwise get ready to do multiple re-baselines. The process is similar wherever you look, including NASA schedule management guidelines, DoD Program life cycle guidelines, or Project Management Institute.  Figure 1 illustrates the six steps: define activities, sequence activities, estimate activity duration and resources, develop schedule,…