Charles F. Kettering was an engineer, founder of Delco, and the head of research at General Motors for 27 years. I ran across a few choice quotes from the man.
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.”
“A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.”
“If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.”
“It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.”
And here is one especially applicable to the world of software development:
“It is easy to build a philosophy - it doesn't have to run.”