How to Solve an Engineering Problem
- Write down the information that's available
- Sort it in a useful order
Outline an approach
What are the missing pieces in your approach? Define what you don't
- Design data is useful information in the wrong form. Use it to
- Requirements? A requirement isn't a requirement unless someone is
paying for it!
- Constraints? They look like requirements, but they can't be fixed
with more money.
Get needed information or make assumptions
- What don't you know you don't know?
- "We don't anticipate any unforseen problems."
- There's very little that you can't know. Even the fractional
quantum Hall effect has been figured out.
How long do you think it will take? If you've never done it before,
multiply by pi.
Attack the problem (do some math, build a prototype, etc...)
- WAG. A Wild-Ass Guess can be surprisingly accurate