To understand the engineer
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Autor:  GZ [ 2005-02-21, 23:18 ]
Tytuł:  To understand the engineer

The Dictionary: what engineers say and what they mean by it

Major Technological Breakthrough - Back to the drawing board.

Developed after years of intensive research - It was discovered by accident.

The designs are well within allowable limits - We just made it, stretching a point or two.

Test results were extremely gratifying - It works, and are we surprised!

Customer satisfaction is believed assured - We are so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all.

Close project coordination - We should have asked someone else; or, let's spread the responsibility for this.

Project slightly behind original schedule due to unforeseen difficulties - We are working on something else.

The design will be finalized in the next reporting period - We haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something.

A number of different approaches are being tried - We don't know where we're going, but we're moving.

Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problem - We just hired three new guys; we'll let them kick it around for a while.

Preliminary operational tests are inconclusive - The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.

The entire concept will have to be abandoned - The only guy who understood the thing quit.

Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficulties - We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.

Essentially complete. - Half done.

We predict... - We hope to God!

Drawing release is lagging. - Not a single drawing exists.

Risk is high, but acceptable. - 100 to 1 odds, or with 10 times the budget and 10 times the manpower, we may have a 50/50 chance.

Serious, but not insurmountables, problems. - It will take a miracle. God should be the program manager.

Not well defined. - Nobody has thought about it.

Requires further analysis and management attention. - Totally out of control.

The project is designed for high availability. - Malfunctions will be blamed on the operators mistakes.

This project has low maintenance requirements. - We wouldn't let the technicians change a light bulb, much less fool around with our baby.

The software is being developed without excessive process overhead. - The documentation will be written in clear and lucid Chinese.

The delivery is scheduled for the last quater of next year. - This leaves us plenty of time to decide who to blame for it being late.

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