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e-Newsletter Archives:

The following are links to e-Newsletter articles documenting our views of various aspects of Effective Engineering.  You can sign-up to receive your own copy of current issues of these e-newsletters by sending an email to e-newsletter@effectiveeng.com.  Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged!

Latest e-Newsletters - Most Recent Articles
Date        eN-Number   Title

12/12/13    eN-131212    Good Employee, Bad Employee
09/12/13    eN-130912    Good Boss, Bad Boss
06/13/13    eN-130613    Make a Decision!
04/11/13    eN-130411    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
10/04/12    eN-121004    Leadership Is Not Just for "Leaders"!
06/07/12    eN-120607    Everyone Does NOT Deserve a Trophy!
05/03/12    eN-120503    Take the Time to Plan
03/08/12    eN-120308    Logic versus Office Politics
02/02/12    eN-120202    Blunt Talk and Black & White Reasoning
01/05/12    eN-120105    Excuses, Excuses! 
12/08/11    eN-111208    Promises & Delivery
10/06/11    eN-111006    Common Courtesy (or the Lack Thereof)
09/08/11    eN-110908    Adapt or Die!
08/04/11    eN-110804    Multiply Ideas by Sharing
07/07/11    eN-110707    Don't Confuse Me With the Facts!
06/09/11    eN-110609    Take the Time to Think!
05/05/11    eN-110505    TMI - Too Much Information!
04/07/11    eN-110407    Dignity, Respect, Compassion - What a Concept!
03/03/11    eN-110303    Workplace Burnout: Been There, Done That - Learn From It!
02/03/11    eN-110203    The Butterfly Effect in the Workplace
01/06/11    eN-110106    Like Trying to Change Tires on a Fast-Moving Car!
12/02/10    eN-101202    Own Your Job!  All of It!

 

Note: Please visit our Workplace Insanity Blog at www.WorkplaceInsanity.com.   This Blog carries forward and expands upon these Effective Engineering e-Newsletters in a more interactive venue.   I believe the blog name hits on the overarching theme of many of these e-Newsletters regarding the everyday insanity of the corporate workplace and hopefully useful solutions to help cope and prosper.  I hope you’ll enjoy the blog as much as the e-Newsletters.  Please let me know what you think.  Your thoughts and suggestions will help greatly and are welcome and encouraged!


Date
        eN-Number   Title

The Business of Engineering
11/07/02    eN-021107    Ineffective Engineering Costs You Time, Money & Customers!
11/21/02    eN-021121    Late Projects Kill Companies! 
12/05/02    eN-021205    Poor Quality Products Imply A Poor Quality Company 
12/19/02    eN-021219    Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth! 
05/22/03    eN-030522    Keep Your Eyes on THE GOAL!
08/14/03    eN-030814    Effective Engineering Quantified!

07/02/09    eN-090702    "The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good"

Vision / Roadmaps
01/02/03    eN-030102    Poor Company Vision Clouds Everyone's View 
01/16/03    eN-030116    Poor Product Vision Blinds Engineering 
01/30/03    eN-030130    A Poor Product Roadmap Gets Everyone Lost 

Customer Orientation
06/19/03    eN-030619    What Do Your Customers Really Want?
04/13/06    eN-060413    Who Funds Your Life?

09/07/06    eN-060907    Connect With Your Customers (Even When You Don't Know Them)!

Organizational Effectiveness
02/13/03    eN-030213    Even Small Cogs are Essential to the Machine (Recognizing That Your Role Makes a Difference)
02/27/03    eN-030227    It's Your Responsibility to Know Your Role in Implementing the Vision and Roadmap
03/13/03    eN-030313    Move the Rocks and People Travel Faster
03/27/03    eN-030327    Do Jobs Right - Assign the Right People!
04/10/03    eN-030410    Use the Right Tools to Do the Job Right
06/05/03    eN-030605    Learn from Good Roles Models; Learn More from Bad!
06/02/05    eN-050602    Speaking in Tongues
07/07/05    eN-050707    Can You Hear Me Now?

01/04/07    eN-070104    "What We've Got Here Is A Failure To Communicate!"
03/08/07    eN-070308    Knowledge Is Power!
11/01/07    eN-071101    Be Careful What You Wish For!
09/04/08    eN-080904    Style Over Substance
02/05/09    eN-090205    When Everything Is High Priority, Nothing Is High Priority!
10/08/09    eN-091008    Self-Destructive Behavior
01/01/07    eN-100107    The Office Whisperer
03/04/10    eN-100304    Your Problem Is Not My Emergency!
04/08/10    eN-100408    Too Much Drama!
05/06/10    eN-100506    Putting Lipstick On A Pig
02/03/11    eN-110203    The Butterfly Effect in the Workplace
04/07/11    eN-110407    Dignity, Respect, Compassion - What a Concept!

Personal Effectiveness
03/02/06    eN-060302    A Fresh Start!

07/05/07    eN-070705    Doing Things Right vs. Doing Things Over
08/02/07    eN-070802    Bad Breath Is Better Than No Breath At All!
09/06/07    eN-070906    Show True Professionalism!
01/03/08    eN-080103    A Fresh Start! - Part II
03/06/08    eN-080306    Serendipity Can Change Your Life!
04/03/08    eN-080403    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!
05/08/08    eN-080508    Looking Down versus Looking Up
12/04/08    eN-081204    Walk A Mile In Your Boss' Shoes!
05/07/09    eN-090507    Making Friends Around the World
06/04/09    eN-090604    A Fresh Start! - Part III - Birth and Rebirth
09/03/09    eN-090903    Pound the Facts, Not the Table
06/03/10    eN-100603    Stuck In The Middle With You!
08/05/10    eN-100805    Stolen Credit - It's Not Just About Credit Cards!
09/02/10    eN-100902    Know When To Fold 'em
10/07/10    eN-101007    When It's Time 'To Walk Away', Don't Turn Back!
12/02/10    eN-101202    Own Your Job!  All of It!
01/06/11    eN-110106    Like Trying to Change Tires on a Fast-Moving Car!
03/03/11    eN-110303    Workplace Burnout: Been There, Done That - Learn From It!
06/09/11    eN-110609    Take the Time to Think!
08/04/11    eN-110804    Multiply Ideas by Sharing
09/04/11    eN-110908    Adapt or Die!
03/08/12    eN-120308    Logic versus Office Politics
05/03/12    eN-120503    Take the Time to Plan
10/04/12    eN-121004    Leadership Is Not Just for "Leaders"!
13/12/12    eN-131212    Good Employee, Bad Employee

Effective Teamwork
04/24/03    eN-030424    Is Anybody There?  Does Anybody Care?
05/08/03    eN-030508    Are You Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?
04/07/05    eN-050407    When It's "Us" vs. "Them", Nobody Wins!
08/04/05    eN-050804    Say What Your Mean, Mean What You Say, and Do What You Say You'll Do!
09/01/05    eN-050901    Dysfunctional Families

02/07/08    eN-080207    Trust Me, I'm Not Like The Others!
10/02/08    eN-081002    Pigasus - When Pigs Fly!
11/05/09    eN-091105    The Sky Is Falling!
12/03/09    eN-091203    To a Carpenter with a Hammer, Every Problem Looks Like a Nail!
05/05/11    eN-110505    TMI - Too Much Information!
10/06/11    eN-111006    Common Courtesy (or the Lack Thereof)

Effective Management
11/06/03    eN-031106    Herding Cats: The Art of "Managing" Engineers
11/20/03    eN-031120    Herding Cats: Management Challenges 1
12/04/03    eN-031204    Herding Cats: Management Challenges 2
12/18/03    eN-031218    Herding Cats: Management Challenges 3
01/08/04    eN-040108    Herding Cats: Management Challenges 4
01/22/04    eN-040122    Herding Cats: Management Challenges 5
02/05/04    eN-040205    Mis-Managers: How Bad Managers Can Poison the Well
02/19/04    eN-040219    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 1
03/04/04    eN-040304    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 2
03/18/04    eN-040318    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 3
04/01/04    eN-040401    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 4
04/15/04    eN-040415    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 5
04/29/04    eN-040429    Mis-Managers: Employee Challenges 6
05/13/04    eN-040513    Managing "Monkeys"

05/04/06    eN-060504    Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves!
07/06/06    eN-060706    If You Want It Bad, You'll Get It . . .  Bad!
10/05/06    eN-061005    No Job Is Hard For The Person Who Doesn't Have To Do It!

12/07/06    eN-061207    Stop Picking The Flysh!t Out Of The Pepper!
02/08/07    eN-070208    Embarrassment Rules The World?
04/05/07    eN-070405    Showing Progress vs. Making Progress Syndrome
06/07/07    eN-070607    Shield Your Troops!
12/06/07    eN-071206    You Reap What You Sow!
06/05/08    eN-080605    Fornicatum non Humoratum!
11/13/08    eN-081113    Start Spreading The News!
03/05/09    eN-090305    Hire Adults, Expect Results!
02/04/10    eN-100204    Munchausen by Proxy in the Workplace
07/01/10    eN-100701    Does Everyone Really Understand?
11/04/10    eN-101104    Management Interruptus
07/07/11    eN-110707    Don't Confuse Me With the Facts!
12/08/11    eN-111208    Promises & Delivery
01/05/12    eN-120105    Excuses, Excuses!
02/02/12    eN-120202    Blunt Talk and Black & White Reasoning
06/07/12    eN-120607    Everyone Does NOT Deserve a Trophy!
04/11/13    eN-130411    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
06/13/13    eN-130613    Make a Decision!
09/12/13    eN-130912    Good Boss, Bad Boss

Marketing Product Definition
07/03/03    eN-030703    Product Definition: Define What It Is and What It Isn't!
07/17/03    eN-030717    Write It Down and Sign It Off!

Development Methodology / Process
07/31/03    eN-030731    Development Methodology: Too Little, Too Much, or "Just Right"?
08/28/03    eN-030828    Development Methodology Basics: Stages of Development
09/11/03    eN-030911    Development Methodology Basics: Management of Development
09/25/03    eN-030925    Development Methodology: Requirements
10/09/03    eN-031009    Development Methodology: Architecture
10/23/03    eN-031023    Development Methodology: Failing to Plan Means You Are Planning to Fail!
05/27/04    eN-040527    Development Methodology: Build -- to Last
06/10/04    eN-040610    Development Methodology: Test -- to Verify
06/24/04    eN-040624    Development Methodology: Release -- to Generate Revenues!
07/08/04    eN-040708    Development Methodology: Support -- to Keep Happy Customers!

12/08/05    eN-051208    The Inmates Are Running The Asylum!
01/05/06    eN-060105    How Do I Get This D@#% Thing To Work!

07/03/08    eN-080703    The Costs of Being "Free"

Project Management
07/22/04    eN-040722    Project Management: What Gets Measured Gets Done!
08/05/04    eN-040805    Project Management Proverbs
09/02/04    eN-040902    Project Management: Planning -- Well Begun is Half Done
11/04/04    eN-041104    Project Planning: Plan Based On What You Do Know, and On What You Don't!
03/03/05    eN-050303    Project Management: When Bad Things Happen to Good Projects
10/06/05    eN-051006    Project Management: Here Comes The Bride!

06/08/06    eN-060608    Unrealistic Expectations

05/03/07    eN-070503    Sunny Day Scenarios
10/04/07    eN-071004    The Schedule Estimate Extortion Game
01/08/09    eN-090108    Can You Pass The Red Face Test?
04/02/09    eN-090402    The Best Laid Plans ... and Then Life Happens!
08/06/09    eN-090806    Are We There Yet?

Quality Management
10/07/04    eN-041007    Quality By Design!
05/05/05    eN-050505    Make Quality a Full Member of Your Team!

08/03/06    eN-060803    You Only Get One Chance To Make A Good First Impression!

Technical Writing
11/02/06    eN-061102    RTFM! - Read The Friggin' Manual! - An Ode to Technical Writers

Release Engineering

Bottleneck Identification and Elimination
12/03/04    eN-041202    Bottlenecks: Concentrate on Fixing What's Critical!

Sustaining Engineering
01/06/05    eN-050106    Sustaining Engineering: The Care & Feeding of What You've Got

08/07/08    eN-080807    What Horse's Ass Said You Should Do It That Way?

   

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