Awkward Engineer - Blog

New AwkEng Poster - System of Eroding Goals

New AwkEng Poster - System of Eroding Goals

Hi all, Today's post is about Systems Thinking, and a systems diagram that resonated with me on a personal level, after reading a book called The F...

AwkEng Update - Hodgepodge and Jobs Edition

AwkEng Update - Hodgepodge and Jobs Edition

Hi all, Lots of odds and ends in today's post. Jobs Update - Helping Friends Within my personal network, I've had a good handful of people I know t...

The AwkEng Enjoys Fall in New England

The AwkEng Enjoys Fall in New England

No post today, just photos from a trip to western Mass this past weekend.

The AwkEng Crowd Sources an EE Consult

The AwkEng Crowd Sources an EE Consult

Hi all! Clock Update The pre-programmed microchips I wrote about last week arrived. I took a live, working Clock on my desk from a previous batch a...

The AwkEng and Supply Chain

Hi all, We're back today with an update on Voltmeter Clocks and a brief foray into supply chain. The Vickrey auction is over, we've collected funds...

The Awkward Engineer Origin Story

Hi all, Every now and then, someone points out that I'm not *that* awkward, and then they ask me how I picked the Awkward Engineer name. First, I u...

Better Backlogs, or The AwkEng Makes JIRA Hurt Less

Better Backlogs, or The AwkEng Makes JIRA Hurt Less

  Hi all! Today's post is about software backlogs, why they often turn into quagmires, how to fix them, and better yet, how to prevent quagmires in...

The AwkEng is Back With Another Mini Book Report

Hi all, Another mini book report for you! As per usual, they are listed in the general order of how much I recommend them and/or how much I enjoyed...

Assistant to the AwkEng

Hi all! I've mentioned briefly in a few previous blog posts that I work with a personal assistant. Some readers expressed curiosity about this, so ...

The AwkEng Discovers a Better Way to Pop Popcorn

The AwkEng Discovers a Better Way to Pop Popcorn

Hi all! Today's post is about serendipity and discovering a better way to pop popcorn. It could be this is just common popcorn knowledge, but I did...

The AwkEng Leaves Bread Crumbs (and is Available for Your Podcast!)

Hi all, I'm issuing an open solicitation for recommendations and introductions to appear on podcasts. They're a lot of fun to record and I'd hap...

The AwkEng and Project Management - What Clicked?

Hi all, A few people have asked me lately to describe my approach to running projects. Really, it distills down to implementing two separate pieces...