October 15, 2009

15–10–09 QUESTIONING EVERYTHING

Trying to identify a subject for the blog, in the way to give it a lane of knowledge, I found a booklet that say in the front “QUESTIONING EVERITHING”, so I pick up one, read it and I got an idea for my first blog entry.

7 or 8 years ago, one of my undergraduate studies professor, told us that “As Engineers you are obligated to Questioning Everything all time. If it works, break it”. I liked so much that sentence, and since that moment I had been trying to apply it in my jobs. The problem was that it is not a standard rule to question the others work. You have to build a very flexible method, supplied in your own experience and learning from other people experience. I know that you are not against the peoples job, you are trying to improve the process. It is funny because when you think you have a method to implement that, comes a bad situation and crash your method.

The question is not if you have to apply the “QUESTIONING EVERYTHING” issue, the question is “Please, tell me the way that you successfully apply it”, or just your experience trying to implement an improvement process in your career life.


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  1. I dont understand ”...if it works, break it”. what does it suppoes to mean?? Hopefully you can help me in that. Thank you

    17 Oct 2009, 20:36

  2. That mean that you have to keep revising all the time, the process performance, because it will be possible to find another way to do the same procedure consuming less time, or face less operational risk, searching all time the continues improvement.

    18 Oct 2009, 12:46

  3. Jarrett Robbins

    Chiew/ Ivan

    A comment I may add to your discussion. ‘If it works, break it’ . I feel it is also about testing the limits. To get the optimum out of something you need to understand what are its limits, how far you can push it.
    Once you understand a systems limitations, you can then identify area for improvement.
    Hope this hasn’t confused matters.
    Jarrett

    26 Oct 2009, 22:18


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