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Most engineers are lazy…and that's often a good thing

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Paul A. Clayton
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Paul A. Clayton   5/30/2012 11:14:37 PM
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Reminds me of Larry Wall's Three Virtues of a Programmer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Wall#Virtues_of_a_programmer ): Laziness, Impatience, Hubris.

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David Ashton   5/30/2012 11:23:49 PM
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Lazy has bad connotations. "Efficient" would probably be a better word to use?

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_hm   5/31/2012 1:14:07 AM
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@David: I agree with you. Why redefine lazy? Why not search for more enriched word or coin new word?

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awrty   5/31/2012 1:44:43 AM
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@David and @hm: Really, lazy is the right word. Much problem solving creativity springs from this foundation.

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Luis Sanchez   5/31/2012 3:49:33 AM
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If this is the new lazy, then I want to be lazy. This is kind of like a zen guy. One that knows that planning is very important. This reminds me of Stephen Covey, the author of Seven Habits of highly effective people, he says that everything is created twice, one when planned and the 2nd time when executed. An efficient person may seem lazy from the outside but the thing is that many that seem hyper-active are really with pending items. This kind of lazy requires a very well organized mind. This lazy is good. Seek thy lazy state if you will.

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agk   5/31/2012 11:38:11 AM
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Engineers got to be quick and clever.Any work done urgently will give lot of errors resulting in losses. But if we know the work fully we should do it fast and finish as quick as possible.If it is a new work then planning takes time to reach the goals.

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chanj0   5/31/2012 5:27:01 PM
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Coincidentally, I always tell people engineers are "lazy". They don't want to do the dirty work themselves. They will leverage their ability to build tools to work for them. This is how the civilization works. Our ancestor build tool to hunt, to do mechanical work. Now, software engineers or, in general, computer engineers, build scripts to do data analysis and to generate report to them. In today's economy, we will be better off to increase our efficiency and productivity so that we can compete in the global market. That's why engineering and software skills are somewhat important. Question is how we, engineers, can help the other industry to boost their efficiency.

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FrankCF   5/31/2012 7:26:16 PM
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At my first job out of school I did a lot of soldering. If I was working on a board I would put it in a board vise. A chassis I would stand on end. Then lean back in my chair, feet up on the little shelf under the bench and solder away. The president of the company said I looked to comfortable and it didn't look good when customers walked through.

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philipoakley   5/31/2012 8:17:50 PM
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One can be "too lazy" to the point where you spend all day automating a half day task. Mind you the problem either goes away 'cos you took too long, or comes back anyway and you get a three quater day rest each time ;-)

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JohnMMoore   5/31/2012 9:17:05 PM
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It may look like laziness, but my compulsion to streamline a process is rooted in an innate intolerance for inefficiency. It just drives me nuts. I can't plug along on any repetitive task without automating it in some way. And that does generally lead to a more accurate and repeatable process, but it generally saves time too - all good things. It's not always easy to convince others of the value, though, so you might only be saving your own time (seeing others waste time can be annoying too, and it's a double win to see your automation used by others).

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