4 responses to “When writing takes a backseat”

  1. GEARS

    FYI, I told my first class yesterday that I will misspell everything so they should get used to it.

  2. Cherish The Scientist

    I used to be one of those people who was really picky about grammar and spelling. I now remind myself, however, to look at the idea that is being written. A well organized mind will write well organized sentences, but it may not be able to handle details like grammar and spelling (especially in a situation where there may be dyslexia or another issue). However, when those issues are present in an incoherent mess of writing, I tend to be suspicious of their engineering skills, as well.

  3. Jed Sutherland

    You can be a good engineer (eg competent, effective) without being a particularly good writer. However, it seems to me that as professionals, we don’t need to show our work as we did as students. Therefore, concise writing (as in: Giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive) is very important.

    One’s boss doesn’t really need to see the data; presumably they trust that one knows what one is doing. What the boss needs is a distillation of the information followed by analysis and recommendations.

  4. Puting Alexander Zamoronov

    I am the one haunted by dyslexia.