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Great Engineering Quotes

Monday, January 31, 2011

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.”

Gravatar RickB Monday, January 31, 2011
I had a programmer that worked for me say, "I don't fix bugs. I have a PHD!"
David Tuesday, February 1, 2011
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.”

So knowing really is half the battle?
Gravatar wheels Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I used to have a boss who had a button that read, "If it's not on fire, it's a software problem."

At another job, a coworker had a coffee cup with the slogan, "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up."

And, when I was in the Navy, the Engineering Division Officer on my sub used to say, "If you can't get your work done in a 24-hour day, work nights." I had a custom button made up with that one.
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