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The Accountability Question

February 5th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s reduce all this accountability business to a simple question. The Accountability Question: “What happens if I don’t do this? (thing you told me to do or some regulation or policy says I have to do)” If the answer is, “nothing.” Well then, we have no accountability. Or maybe this “thing” just […]

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The Hostile and Friendly Audiences

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A speaker can lead an accepting or friendly audience just about anywhere. Hostile audiences, however, can uncover holes in thought. I recommend the questioning group—especially when the stakes are high. It was a senior-level course in Electrical Engineering. The teacher, I can’t recall his name, but I do remember that he didn’t […]

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Please Don’t Answer My Question

August 7th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Why is it that people ask questions when they don’t want to hear the answers? Let’s go in reverse order here. Result: Dead silence. My Answer: I want to work with good, smart people on difficult problems whose solution enhances national security. Recruiter’s Question: What is it you like to do? What […]

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Analysis of Questions about Analysis

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips For 30 years persons have asked me questions about analysis. I continue to give the wrong answer. “How are your analysis skills?” I remember the question as if was asked this morning. I was coming out of grad school and trying to find a job. It was 1986 (yikes, that long ago). […]

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What are We Doing Here?

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Another fundamental question in systems engineering. Like the rest of the questions, ask with caution. Ever ask the titular question at work? Ever ask it out loud and expect an answer? Perhaps you are a systems engineer. Perhaps your workplace needs a systems engineer. The question seeks to find the reason behind […]

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Tags: Analysis · General Systems Thinking · Questions · Systems

And Then What Happens?

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a fundamental question to ask in analyzing and engineering systems. Why don’t we use it more often? A: We put this into the system. B: And then what happens? A: Well, now the system can do this great function for the users. B: And then what happens? A: For one […]

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The Healthy Skeptic and Questions

February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Questions are just questions. No offense intended. “No, I am not trying to be mean. I am asking questions to learn as there are some things I don’t know, but would like to know. Please help me understand.” “I apologize if you think I am de-railing your presentation. I am seeking clarity.” […]

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How would I Act if I were a…?

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Want to be something? Ask a simple question and live the answer. Twenty something years ago, Robin Williams was in the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” He impersonates a woman and gets a job as a nanny to his former wife so he can be near his children. He is the best, most fun, […]

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What was My Question? What is Yours?

October 10th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I am not a reporter asking a political candidate a question. I actually expect the other person to hear and answer the question I ask. What is wrong with me? I am currently taking a series on online classes. I ask questions in these classes. I am paying for these classes. I […]

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Short and Bitter

August 4th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes the news has a sharp, pungent taste or smell. Short and sweet is a fond, old cliche. Gosh, wouldn’t real life be better if most news were short and sweet? Sometimes that is not life; sometimes the news in life is short and bitter. So, let’s attempt to learn something from […]

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