Complex Systems

Teaching Engineering As A Social Science

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Below is a piece written by Edward Wenk, Jr., which originally appeared in PRlSM, the magazine for the American Society for Engineering Education (Publication Volume 6. No. 4. December 1996.) While I think that there’s much more than what Wenk points to as ‘social science’ – I agree wholeheartedly with his ideas. I might even say […]

Culture

Paradigm Check Point: Prefacing Debriefings

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I’m a firm believer in restating values, goals, and perspectives at the beginning of every group debriefing (e.g. “postmortem meetings”) in order to bring new folks up to speed on how we view the process and what the purpose of the debriefing is. When I came upon a similar baselining dialogue from another domain, I […]

Complex Systems

High Tempo, High Consequence

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A Time to Remember I want you to think back to a time when you found yourself in an emergency situation at work. Maybe it was diagnosing and trying to recover from a site outage. Maybe it was when you were confronting the uncertain possibility of critical data loss. Maybe it was when you and […]