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So Much Work, So Little Time for Engineers

Given all the new tools and technology that promise to significantly boost productivity, why do so many engineers consistently rank “not enough time and resources” as one of their top challenges?

None of us, or course, is going to admit to watching cat videos or playing Tetris at work. But are engineers really as crazy-busy as they claim to be? And if they are, what's going on?

Those are questions that three engineering managers explored during a session at the Test Leadership Forum at NI Week 2014, organized by Bill Driver, a marketing manager at National Instruments. We also spoke with a few non-manager engineers to get their take on the issue.

For the full story, see EBN sister site EE Times.

— Karen Field is a the Director of Content for EE Times and EE Live .

3 comments on “So Much Work, So Little Time for Engineers

  1. Daniel
    August 21, 2014

    “None of us, or course, is going to admit to watching cat videos or playing Tetris at work. But are engineers really as crazy-busy as they claim to be? And if they are, what's going on?”

    Kareen, that's a big question. Even everyday am hearing the same thing that “My subordinates are busy”; but no outputs.

  2. t.alex
    August 24, 2014

    I think engineers are busy as they claim to be. They all have deadlines to meet, sometimes they don't even have to show up at work they can work from home. It's unnecessary to micromanagement engineers as they sure know what to do to finish their jobs. Technology nowadays keep changing in very fast pace, therefore their jobs get harder to catch up with the trend to satisfy customes.

  3. Daniel
    August 26, 2014

    “Technology nowadays keep changing in very fast pace, therefore their jobs get harder to catch up with the trend to satisfy customers.”

    Alex, technologies are changing in positive manner and engineers have to take advantage of it. it can simplify the tasks .

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