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2014
We posted on Monday about how our upcoming birthday has made us all philosophical about the role of the engineer, and asked you a few questions about what being an engineer means to you personally.   We would also like your perspective on the bigger picture and the impact that engineers have had on the world that we know it.     What do you think are the greatest engineering achievements?   Which engineers do you feel are most deserving of respect?   Are there an ...
We’ve got a birthday coming up. The element14 Community will turn five years old soon and this milestone has got us thinking about the big questions. Who we are, why we’re here and what we mean to people, that sort of thing.   The element14 Community was created for engineers. So we wanted to spend our birthday week celebrating and recognising you, the people who design, build and maintain the technology in our world today.     We want to really understand what bei ...
When my consulting calendar was busy enough that I not only could say 'no' to a potential client, but I had to say no to a client, I felt like I had 'made it' as a consultant. The hardest part of my biggest challenge, initial sales, was behind me. The surge of client interest was so intoxicating that I foolishly thought that I'd never have to work at sales again. This was the first of many 'peaks' in the business, the euphoria of which was quickly followed by a sobering lull in business where ...
The past articles in this series have been largely about making sales, which is the most important aspect of any business. There comes a point, however, where there is enough potential work and the consultant needs to manage the limited amount of time that exists. To help define the stages of a consulting firm that reaches this point, we will define 'Young', 'Growing', and 'Mature' companies:   Young An engineering consultant that is just getting started won't have many (or any) clients, a ...