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Mehradzie
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Re: An example
Mehradzie   3/3/2016 11:50:15 PM
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Not to sound contradictory to this topic, as I myself believe, you gotta be lucky to some extend to get better results than you were expecting, however, some amount of luck can be created in the sense that you can create more and more paths which would lead to more probabilities of them colliding.


Not every South African engineer speaks Hebrew, so when there is a chance for them two come together somebody has all the Aces. :D If you're wearing a Hawaiian shirt at the same time and somebody whom matters happens to like it, Jackpot.

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Davy.Baker   2/5/2016 2:59:09 AM
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antedeluvian, Your efforts are appreciated indeed... The links and blogs you have documented remind me of lessons learned. One technique to add for test jig documentation is annotated and highlit: data sheet excerpts, tables, footprints with pin numbers, partial schematics, etc, copy/cropped/pasted, onto both panels and diagrams of LabVIEW vi's, at strategic locations. Paraphrased, with one view, see several sources of info on the area of interest, without having to have the node locked compilers, pcb design software, spreadsheets, word, .pdf's, etc, on the test system. This also lends itself to better team collaboration when everyone is on the same page, fostering intuitive troubleshooting and best in class understanding and reuse. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it becomes the testing interface. Tabs will help take advantage of screen real estate. With this in mind, 40" 4k tv's need to become the test station and design station interface standard, and 20ish inch lcd's join the 8" floppies.

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antedeluvian   1/30/2016 10:26:05 AM
Nanette

don't forget to do what my colleague does –– send email with a link to a piece you want to your network to see.

I believe I have improved on that! Like Max, whenever I make a comment to a blog (or inside my own blog) that refers to another blog I add the URL. As a blogger I have the priviledge of being able to add a hot spot link (unfortunately this had to be restricted to to known persons because it was being abused by commercial interests not pertinent to the forum).

I have written over 120 blogs, to say nothing of the design ideas and articles and finding the URL for a given one became quite a struggle especially since the EE Times search engine leaves something to be desired. (As an aside you can see some other thoughts on UBM's forums here. ) So I made a document for my own reference listing the blogs/ design ideas etc. with the URLs. Then I thought it would be a great link in my resume since I can't list all of them there. I placed it as a shared document in the cloud. Then it occurred to me that I can add all the "lost" documents since I could scan the hard copy. I intend to place them in the cloud and link to them as well. You can see the work in progress here.

I have even stretched the idea. I have an upcoming blog on the use of Excel in electronics and I have written extensively on the subject, so I created a list of just those topics  and I will refer to it in the blog. But it gets better.

I find the lack of comments to my blogs to be very disheartening and although UBM monitors the hit rate and response numbers closely (or so I believe) they don't disclose them. I discovered that if you create the URL link using Bitly , it not only provides you with the number of hits on that link, but also the country of origin of the click. I actually find it quite a thrill when I see a click from somewhere like the Aland Islands.

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An example
antedeluvian   1/30/2016 9:38:34 AM
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Nanette

And then there's the unquantifiable -- luck, serendipity, chance.


Let me give you an example. With no official systems engineering background, absolutely no aeronautical background and no experience with billion dollar projects I managed to land a job (see "My Time as a Rocket Scientist" ) when the universe aligned for a moment and created a unique intersection for a job that would fit two different company cultures. For reasosn too complicated to explain I had to be intervewed by Company A who was to be my employer and a second interview by Company B who decided what work I was going to be doing as a subcontractor.

The Personnel Manager (and interviewer) from Company A was a South African (for those of you who don't know- I hail from that part of the world). The department manager (and interviewer) for Company B was from Israel. (Again for those of you who don't know, my engineering degree is from a very well known Israeli university and I speak Hebrew). Two minutes into the second interview and I knew the job was mine.

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What's the Objective?
nanette10   1/29/2016 7:20:33 PM
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Great questions! While you may not hear directly, I'm sure you're recognized as an expert or an authority. 

Let's apply the marketing and PR principles once again, something I should have done in the blog. When I develop a marketing and PR plan for a client, I start by determining what we're trying to accomplish and how we're going to do it. Then I make sure the plan's goals align with the company's business objectives. For example, a company may need to be more visible or it's launching a new product. Once I understand what we're trying to accomplish, the plan takes shape with a list deliverables (news releases, articles, blogs ...) and attainable and measurable goals and objectives.

 A similar, but less rigorous process could be applied to self-promotion as well. And, don't forget to do what my colleague does –– send email with a link to a piece you want to your network to see. He gets loads of responses.

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Another thought on writing blogs/articles
antedeluvian   1/29/2016 5:16:01 PM
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When I write about something, I try and be as original as I can. I don't want to repeat something else has written about, especially if they have done a good job. It is getting harder as my stock of ideas and memories diminish.

To give me ideas, I sometimes get hold of some technology and start studying it and logging the process in order to write about it. It has the added advantage of increasing my knowledge and thus beneficial to my employer and obviously boosts my reputation with him.

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Networking
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/29/2016 3:00:55 PM
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Hi Nanette -- I must admit that I agree with the guy who made the last comment in your blog.

For myself, I think I've been extrordinarily handsome lucky over the course of my career -- it really has been a case of being in the right place at the right time (and wearing the right Hawaiian shirt).

When I was younger (Oh, so long ago), I didn't give any thought to networking -- these days I realize that without my network I'd be dead in the water.

A also really and truly believe that events like the Embedded System Conference (ESC) are incredibly important -- even if you only get a free expo pass, you also get a chance to meet up with your peers and network your socks off.

I know from talking to them that the speakers regard their ability to network with each other (and to buy me a beer, of course) to be one of the things that drives them to present in the first place.

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