All you have to do is! | Cypress Semiconductor
All you have to do is!
July 09, 2010
There are three kinds of stories that you can tell what they are by the way they begin.
Children’s stories start with, “Once upon a time.”
Navy stories start with, “Now this ain’t no sh*t!”
And Engineering stories start with, “All you have to do is!”
I have spent most of my engineering career working on projects with less than complete documentation and less that prefect designs being built with less than perfect components using less perfect tools with less than adequate time and less than adequate staffing.
I have come to realize that if everything went the way it should then anyone could do our jobs.
Imagine a world where you come to work, you read an app note, build the project, and it works the way they said it would the first time. You leave at 4:30 pm to go coach your son’s state division (your favorite sport here) team. You pick up your daughter who is in a self-defense class run by Chuck Norris. Chuck recommends a more advanced class because there isn’t much more he can teach her.
You pick up the mail and find that you have:
- A letter saying that both your children (12 and 10) have been pre selected for (your prestigious college of choice) with full scholarships.
- A letter saying the bank is voluntarily refinancing both your house and summer place in (favorite place in the world) for 1.2%$APR.
- A letter from state lottery saying that you have won the monster lotto, again!
Your gorgeous super model wife meets you at the door. She has your favorite drink and a five-course gourmet dinner on the table. She tells you that nothing is broken around the house and gives you a foot massage. She will also get up early to make you breakfast.
Of course you don’t get this. The bank isn’t voluntarily lowering your interest, you don’t coach her kid’s team, and you only see Chuck Norris on the television. So why should your project be flawless.
It is the nature of projects to not work. It is our job to force them into creation. Wear it as a badge of honor.