|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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