How important is Management for Engineers? - Probably more than we think

True engineering is managing man, money and machines.

Every engineer is a Project Manager. We bring concepts to life by dreaming, conceiving, proposing, selling, committing, managing and releasing onto the unsuspecting public glimmers in our eyes.

How do we do it?

We learn from our peers, our education, our experience, our mentors/reverse mentors and particularly our failures.

Reverse mentoring has helped me quite a bit in my role as dreamer, engineer & "project manager"

One such pointer was to a very interesting link on the building of the New Delhi Metro Subway

One very interesting piece of information gleaned was that the management philosophy for the project was based on the Bhagavat-Gita and not on dry procedural manuals.

I also found an excellent article on some of the foundations of Management & Bhagavat-Gita

Check it out



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Comment by Gerald Pellett on July 3, 2010 at 11:45am
With companies adding more and more responsibilities to your plate, you'll probably be expected to do project management while engineering the same project. Most of us don't get business or management training while in engineering school, so first I suggest taking some basic courses online or at a local college. I've been able to take several project management and Six Sigma courses online through a local community college. As Daniel says, you might find a peer to mentor you. Choose carefully!
Comment by S Raghavan on May 24, 2010 at 8:40pm
Yes, Bhagavat Gita proposes the concept of being focused on the job at hand without being swayed by interim results.

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