This book brings a fresh new approach to practical problem solving in engineering, covering the critical concepts and ideas that engineers must understand to solve engineering problems. Problem Solving for New Engineers: What Every Engineering Manager Wants You to Know provides strategy and tools needed for new engineers and scientists to become apprentice experimenters armed only with a problem to solve and knowledge of their subject matter.

When engineers graduate, they enter the work force with only one part of what’s needed to effectively solve problems -- Problem solving requires not just subject matter expertise but an additional knowledge of strategy. With the combination of both knowledge of subject matter and knowledge of strategy, engineering problems can be attacked efficiently. This book develops strategy for minimizing, eliminating, and finally controlling unwanted variation such that all intentional variation is truly representative of the variables of interest.

chapter 1|18 pages

The Great Universal Cook-Off

chapter 2|14 pages

Eureka! And Other Myths of Discovery

chapter 3|38 pages

Experimenting with Storytelling

chapter 4|22 pages

Introducing Variation

chapter 5|26 pages

Oops! Unintentional Variation

chapter 6|30 pages

What, There Is No Truth?

chapter 7|32 pages

It’s Random, and That’s Normal

chapter 8|16 pages

Experimenting 101

chapter 9|32 pages

Experimenting 201

chapter 10|10 pages

Strategic Design: Bringing It All Together

chapter 11|8 pages

Where to Next?

chapter 12|6 pages

One More Thing…