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cdhmanning
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cdhmanning   6/22/2011 9:51:34 PM
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I call BS. Although I have an amazingly messy desk (well actually three desks, as well as a floor), I also know many excellent engineers that are incredibly fastidious, right down to keeping their pencils in an orderly arrangement.

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Ron Wilson, Embedded.com   6/22/2011 9:37:40 PM
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The messy desk observation may be related to another well-known phenomenon, captured in the late urban critic Jane Jacobs’s famous dictum, “New ideas need old buildings.” I understand that FE Terman, when he was dean of the Stanford school of engineering, firmly resisted moving the engineering school out of its WWII-era quonset huts and into a new building, on the grounds that "no work gets done in new buildings." Investors who have funded a company's move into a beautiful new building just before the company spirals in might agree.

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Robotics Developer   6/22/2011 8:46:17 PM
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I have always had a messy desk! I am sure it is a reflection of my genius. That said, every so often (once a year..) I do clean it up (mostly rearrange the piles) and then can't find anything for weeks.. I think it is most efficient to keep things "where I left them".

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jimfordbroadcom   6/22/2011 4:12:39 PM
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Ha! Well, I have a couple stories along these lines: 20 some odd years ago I worked at what is now called the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. There was a rumor that Sherm Mullin, who assumed the role of president for part of the time I was there, had seen a guy's very neat desk and had fired the guy on the spot! The idea being that if he had time to clean up his desk, he was not working hard enough! I took that as job security for me with my messy (not quite like Pease [RIP, RAP]). Later, I worked at a small startup and had my own bench in the back of the lab, messy as all get-out. The technician was a real neat freak and commented one day how he couldn't understand how I could get any work done in such a mess (again not quite as bad as Jim Williams' bench, RIP). I said that it was very simple; I don't waste any time cleaning up!

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anon9303122   6/22/2011 2:44:54 PM
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I'm no genius, but my desk is sure messy. Not only that, my "stuff" also occupies the other two positions in my cube effectively giving me a "private" office. I think I would rather be the guy helping clean out Jim's place versus Bob's. We had a genius guy Fred G. (now retired) whose desk looked almost identical to Bob's. :-)

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Neo10   6/22/2011 2:15:50 AM
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I guess I am far from the eureka moment since I still get fussy over cluttered desks and keep mine in order.

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sandhu233   6/21/2011 10:43:06 PM
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I would like my desk to be clean, but everything on it is "Sooo Important" that organizing it would mean undermining the same ;)

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KB3001   6/21/2011 9:48:30 PM
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My desk is messy most of the time. That said, I tend to tidy it up every few months ... to pollute my mind a bit. Genious comes back rapidly afterwards though....

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KB3001   6/21/2011 9:44:20 PM
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lol

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zeeglen   6/21/2011 7:16:41 PM
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At one time I had a similar desk. The boss and city fire inspector made me clean it up.

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