Micro-Management and Technical Capabilities

Steve Jobs summed it up best when stating:

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people, so they can tell us what to do”.

We engage technical professionals for their technical advice on an issue, but there is a definite line between defining the scope of the client’s objectives and micro-managing the technical knowledge application to that issue.

In the Engineering field, the management of risk is paramount[1]. As Engineering professionals, if a client engages us to undertake a task on their behalf and details how they want the task to be conducted, they take the risk. As Engineering professionals, we have an obligation to advise clients that their procedure does not comply with industry standard and/or may not be the most feasible option for their task. If the professional advice is not adopted, the client then inherits the risk of the task failing or not meeting its objectives.

There is more than one way to skin a cat, but there is also an industry standard to abide by. If you think there is another way to perform your engineering tasks and/or you need professional advice on performing your engineering tasks, give us a call on (07) 5635 4367 or visit our website at www.jce.engineering. One of our professional Engineers will be able to assist.

[1] https://www.jce.engineering/news/2017/8/9/what-is-risk

Brendan Nielsen