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What it's like to be a software engineer (video)

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That just made my day! Exactly what I think it happens when you're an engineer or are in charge of designing the initial project of something. Fortunately, such a thing never happened to me (and let's hope things goes like that!)

 

Thank you for sharing this!

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I've been in several meetings like that.

 

I don't think it's fair to make this about engineers vs. non-engineers, though. Most of the meetings that went that way were all engineers - someone who's supposed to be an engineer could fill any of the roles in that video.

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I've been in several meetings like that.

 

I don't think it's fair to make this about engineers vs. non-engineers, though. Most of the meetings that went that way were all engineers - someone who's supposed to be an engineer could fill any of the roles in that video.

 

True, but as a way for my wife to understand why I drink, it REALLY helps.  :-)

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It's interesting, because the issue here is not it being impossible, the issue here is communication.

 

What the engineer is doing wrong is he's saying things like "it won't work because <reason>", instead of trying to wrap his head around what the customer really wants by saying something like "Splendid idea, I am capable of implementing it. Could you demonstrate to me how you expect the end result to look like?".

 

The customer obviously doesn't exactly know the implications of her request down to the last detail. The customer and the engineer speak two entirely different languages, and it is the engineer's job to translate the customer's language into their own language without rejecting the customer's ideas.

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The customer obviously doesn't exactly know the implications of her request down to the last detail. The customer and the engineer speak two entirely different languages, and it is the engineer's job to translate the customer's language into their own language without rejecting the customer's ideas.


I would argue that the engineer shouldn't have been there in the first place. There should always be someone understands both worlds and is able to translate.

So yes, I can create anything you want, once I get someone to translate whatever gibberish is spewing out of your mouth.

With that said, your advice is quite sound. I respond from a place of frustration.

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I saw this on Facebook, as well. I received some messages from my friends expressing their condolences, and having a greater understanding for my stories now. tongue.png

 

I think the video is very well done: it has one of every speedbump that I encounter in my own meetings.

 


Could you demonstrate to me how you expect the end result to look like?".

I think we saw the end result when she drew the triangle. Guaranteed that someone high up would come knocking when that rolled out.

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