Friday, December 22, 2017

How to respond to questions of novice engineers

When a novice engineer comes to you with a technical question, your first reponse should not be answering the question at hand but asking "what are you trying to accomplish" because most of the time the novice will have gaps in his understanding of the job to be done. Based on that misunderstanding, he will try to solve some technical problem, get stuck and come to you for guidance.

By clarifying the higher level goal to be reached, you can be sure that the question is indeed meaningful and answering it will be productive.

Further reading: Difference between novice and experienced engineers

Music: Hallelujah - Pentatonix

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