De-Motivational Engineering Problem Solving Worksheet from 1989 applies now more than ever

(warning, some adult language is in this post)

By Jeff Fulton (8bitjeff)

Problem Solving Flow Chart

Problem Solving Flow Chart

When my dad left his job at Hughes Aircraft in 1989, he gave my brother, Steve, and I a lot of advice and a whole bunch of de-motivational type stuff that had been hanging around his office.  We share the same sense of humor, so if you know me, then you know that I used to have some of the same style of stuff around my office at various jobs to keep the troupes laughing through the hard times. My favorite used to be the one with all of the hands laying on top of one another that said “Meetings, none of us is as dumb as all of us”.

One that Steve and I had hanging over our Atari computer at home said,
“To Error is Human, it Takes a Computer to Really Fuck Things Up”.

This one I found yesterday in a box of stuff in the garage.  I had actually preserved it pretty well in a binder, along with things like “Itchy and Scratchy Comic #1”, and my hilarious certificate from Mira Costa High School for achievement in Computer Class (a 1980’s computer class in high school was Romper Room compared to today).

In any case, this flow chart can be applied  to  to any job, it is pretty hilarious, and shows that not much has changed in the last 30 years. It is especially applicable to coding and engineering jobs, but I bet you will see parallels to every type of work.

It has now become my favorite of all time.  Enjoy. Share. Give Credit.

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