The Ellsberg Factor – Output versus Outcome

In Michael Ellsberg’s book The Education of Millionaires he outlines an important distinction between two metrics of productivity: output and outcome. Now, as it turns out, “output” is not a strong indicator of engineering ability, nor is it a strong indicator of project progress. In fact, focus on output instead of outcome is a strong indicator of … Continue reading

Where Does Mechatronics Fit?

I’ve worked for companies that put mechatronics and motion control engineering under electrical engineer management and I’ve worked for a company that put it under mechanical engineering management. So, what’s the right answer? Well, neither, frankly. Mechatronics is the electrical control of mechanical systems. An electrical engineering manager is unlikely to appreciate the time loss associated with … Continue reading