November 2011

Engineering Case Histories

Case 65: Taking risks and making high-level presentations

Tips on how to communicate with managers

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

An article impressed me recently, and I felt I had something to add.1 It is about engineers taking risks and communicating these risks to management. This column has focused on troubleshooting and using analytical methods. After the cause is determined, the results must be communicated to management on what the real problem is and what must be done to fix it. As engineers, we like to limit our risks. As a general aviation pilot and a mechanical engineer, this has served me well over the years. I didn’t do things that were too risky, and I always had a couple of alternative plans in case something went wrong. My requests for a design modification were always supported with adequate ca

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