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re: Littelfuse's Thane Parker amps up circuit protection
Bert22306   8/4/2012 10:29:36 PM
Not related to circuit protection systems per se, but I can totally relate to what he's describing. And here is where bad management can have a negative impact. My approach has always been, to the maximum possible extent, you give the customer answers. You don't ask the customer a lot of questions that you know darned well he can't answer. So, you get his requirements to the extent he can articulate them, you get or you already know the constraints he must operate under (what he calls "regulatory environment"), and then you give the customer a complete, documented, workable design. Now you have something to work with, and as necessary, with customer feedback, you modify what you know to be a perfectly workable design. But in my experience, most of the time, the customer will accept your design with at most very minor tweaks. Bad management instead takes the opposite approach. In order to minimize their own fear of failure (aka reduce risk), they try to get the customer to sign up to all manner of design details, so that in the future, if things don't go smoothly, they can point to those "agreements" and say, "See? You had signed up to this!" This approach is usually a fruitless waste of time. Trying to pry information from customers that they don't know, are unsure of, or that their own design team has not yet addressed, is a frustrating process, takes up a lot of time, and irritates the customer no end. Plus, it makes the engineer's job no fun at all.

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