Boku's quote is one of truth and the result of many engineers having their face stuck in theory that doesn't always carry over to real world usages.Sorry to hijack, but it struck a cord.
I see what you did there :gig:I think I just found my new sig line.
Being a good manager and being a good engineer are two very different skill sets. A common mistake is to promote a good engineer, assuming that, because he was a good engineer, he will become a good manager. Some do, many do not.My experience is ....because of bad management, or in other-words....Upper management are poor engineers.
A good company will find ways to keep good engineers around and give them advancement opportunity without having to go into management. Many might just wind up sitting at their current level as there are only so many advancement opportunities, but that's still better than shoehorning them into management or an "up or out" policy.Being a good manager and being a good engineer are two very different skill sets. A common mistake is to promote a good engineer, assuming that, because he was a good engineer, he will become a good manager. Some do, many do not.
Personally I think it is (can be) a good thing to promote experienced people into management positions whether they are engineers or just journeymen. You needOf course these suits, want to make technical decisions, then the project fails and the engineer gets blamed. No not embittered, became self-employed and only had to deal with idiot customers, but at least they usually understood they did not know how to do it which is why they hired me.
That, a thousand times over. I am a (project) manager by current profession, but an engineer by heart and experience.You need people who have worked firsthand in the trenches in order to have effective input into the decision making process.
That would be nice, but it is not something that could be done and have any real meaning.There were a single post list of actual build times and costs for completed projects.
There were a searchable database of homebuilts with all specs, construction techniques, realistic build time, costs of various engine options, actual weights, kit/plan costs etc. etc. It would be nice to look at list of, say, all the riveted aluminum, 2 place, aerobatic planes that can be built from plans using an O-200 engine. Or wooden, STOL, 503 powered aircraft that have plans available, but also kits and parts available in case you get sick of building ribs.
I know that would involve a huge amount of work, but this is a wish list.
In my best upper-crust Cape Cod President Kennedy accent, I say:Potential improvements:
1) Increase moderator pay!