Yesterday on Twitter, Chris Gammell, Carmen Parisi, and I got into a conversation about how we solve engineering problems. Chris said:
Do what the rest of us do….keep adding caps and resistors until it works…
And my response was:
I need to simulate everything first before I start changing anything.
To which Chris responded that we were both stereotypes of the academic and industrial engineers.
Of course, I can’t disagree because those stereotypes are somewhat borne out by observation. I’ve seen engineers of both types, and the worst are the extremes: the thinker or the tinkerer. You have the engineers that run in and start changing things, not really thinking about what they’re doing, and then find out that what they did was rather ineffective. Then there’s the ones who sit there and never commit to anything until it’s time to finish things up because of decision paralysis. Most of us, thankfully, are somewhere in the middle.
Where do you fall?