Can an engineer, who had a messy desk, keep one clean after a corporate move? Will that affect his or her innovation?
A year ago, we ran a piece called Engineers' Messiest Desks. With a nod to the saying that a messy desk is a sign of genius, we reached out to you and got scores of examples of brilliant engineers.
A lot of of the work spaces were clearly well-used and had been in a state of "genius" for some time. Habit and place conspired to make the status quo.
But what would happen if an engineer started with a clean slate? Would he or she have the discipline to keep things orderly and tidy, and would that affect his or her brilliance?
Mike Burr wanted to find out. He was one of the contributors to the original photo series. (Judging by the looks of Burr's old bench, he's as genius!)
We missed Burr on the Drive for Innovation swing through Florida, alas, but he had an opportunity to be our test bed.
Burr, who works at Tectron Engineering in Jacksonville, Fla., relocated with his team when the company moved its facility to co-locate with its fiberglass house.
April 30 they moved. May 1 was Day 1 of the clean engineering desk. How long do you think this lasted?
Here's his first day: