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

Obsoleting Bolts – The importance of a lead engineer you trust

Presumably, if you’re in the business of manufacturing mechatronics equipment, your company has a mechanical engineering group. Imagine, if you will, that you assemble your mechanical group and inform them that they are to no longer use bolts in their designs. After a few stunned looks some senior members of your team protest: “you’re joking,” … Continue reading