Saturday, December 1, 2007

On Being an Old Engineer

There's an old joke about the five stages of an engineering project:

  1. Boundless enthusiasm.

  2. Creeping uncertainty.

  3. Search for the guilty.

  4. Persecution of the innocent.

  5. Promotion of the non-participant.

The difference between an experienced engineer (i.e., an old one) and a newbie is that the old guys start the project on step 2.

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