The 8 Engineers You Might Know

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

— of unknown origin, but not Einstein

If you use these concepts for anything, it should be either for fun or as a thinking exercise, but because this is in no way scientific, it should NOT be used for anything serious -- just like the MBTI should not be. Please don't try to create questionnaires out of this, or use it to justify leadership decisions, or anything of that sort. What I'm hoping for is that this framework provides some insight for engineers to maybe think about themselves and their career path, a shorthand for talking about certain behaviors, or probably more than anything: just as a fun lunch conversation.

All models are wrong, but some are useful

— of unknown origin

The Types

The Generalist

The Specialist

The Builder

The Conductor

The Architect

The Artisan

The Hacker

A computer hacker is a computer expert who uses their technical knowledge to achieve a goal or overcome an obstacle, within a computerized system by non-standard means. Though the term hacker has become associated in popular culture with a security hacker — someone who utilizes their technical know-how of bugs or exploits to break into computer systems and access data which would otherwise be unavailable to them — hacking can also be utilized by legitimate figures in legal situations

The Marshal

The Disengaged

Cheat Sheet

Methodology

Let me remind you of General Yamashita’s motto: be happy in your work

— General Saito in The Bridge on the river Kwai (1957)

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Software. Management. Shmanagement.

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