I was recently prompted (perhaps by a voice in my head) to come up with my own set of engineering values. What follows is surely incomplete, but it arrived with an odd clarity.
- Be humble. No one is above any task.
- Admit what you don’t know, and own up to your mistakes. Your knowledge and ability will show in other ways.
Respect the process
- We have rules and guidelines for how most things are done to protect ourselves from making mistakes.
- Respect these policies and follow them whenever possible. Sometimes it’s ok to bend the rules; just talk about it first.
Build with confidence
- Recognize when fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) drive your decision-making. Aim to eliminate the source of that FUD.
- Invest in automation to do things more efficiently and with fewer mistakes.
Always be delivering
- Focus on the problem and delivering a solution.
- Resist the plunge into pedantry, bikeshedding, and philosophy.