Originally posted by: ArthurHall
Yes we need to be commercialy aware but lets still be first and formost Engineers, perhaps then the perception of our proffession will be raised.
Although I think part of the perception problem with engineers at boardroom level is just that we are totally focussed on technology and not interested in making money for the business (which is, after all why businesses exist!).
I have lost track of the number of times that I have seen engineering teams "accused" of "just producing xyz because it was fun", and seen them having to explain that actually it was based on a good understanding of what the customer wanted - which, of course, is all part of the commercial focus.
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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