Using Numbers in Technical Documents

For engineers, like physicists, numbers are as important as words in reporting on their work, and carry much of the meaning behind their technical documents. However, how we write these numbers – and how we integrate them with text – may determine a reader’s understanding of that report. But remembering all the rules for numbers can  be … [Read more...]

Using Numbers in Technical Documents

For engineers, like physicists, numbers are as important as words in reporting on their work, and carry much of the meaning behind their technical documents. However, how we write these numbers - and how we integrate them with text - may determine a reader’s understanding of that report. For example, take this passage: "An appropriate sample … [Read more...]

Using Metacommunication to Create Better Teams: Pam Brewer

Communication is pivotal to effective team performance; however, establishing good communication practices can be challenging, especially with teams that interact virtually and span across cultures with different expectations for communication. That's where, Pam Brewer argues, metacommunication comes in. Metacommunication is communication about … [Read more...]

Create Highly Functioning Virtual Teams with the Help of Metacommunication

Most virtual teams are established with nothing more than a goal, a list of team members, and a lot of trial and error.  Miscommunication in these global teams is common and can cost companies millions in lost production.  Not only do companies lose out, but individuals often and needlessly experience frustration, confusion, and loss of … [Read more...]

The Fully Integrated Engineer: Combining Technical Ability and Leadership Prowess

The latest Wiley-IEEE Professional Communication Society book, The Fully Integrated Engineer: Combining Technical Ability and Leadership Prowess by Steven Cerri, is now out. College teaches you to be a good engineer. But it's likely that your college engineering courses didn't have time to teach you how to effectively contribute your ideas or … [Read more...]

“What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team”: New York Times

Most working engineers work in teams on a daily basis, making teams important to a company's productivity. Teams skills can be essential for improving and optimizing team performance. In fact, we've published several articles on team communication strategies over the last year, and in its 28 February 2016 issue, the New York Times … [Read more...]