Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
The Fun of Engineering
“The fun I had experienced in making things as a boy was magnified a hundredfold when I began making things as a man. There is in manufacturing a creative joy only poets are supposed to know.” — Walter P. Chrysler
"Born in Wamego, Kansas in 1875, Walter P. Chrysler developed a fascination with machines early on, landing his first job with a locomotive company as a 5¢ an hour machinist’s apprentice. Soon recognized for the quality of the things that he made, his reputation for quick, quality work rapidly moved him from sweeping floors to master mechanic.
Mr. Chrysler ultimately rose to plant manager in his successful career in the railroad industry before he switched gears and entered the automotive arena. He took the helm of three automobile manufacturers before establishing the company that bore his name in 1925, serving as president for ten years and then chairman until his death in 1940."
(From "About Walter P. Chrysler" http://www.chryslergroupllc.com/company/Heritage/Pages/About-Walter-Chrysler.aspx)
"Having fun" isn't usually the first phrase you think of when you think of either engineers or corporate CEOs. From one way of looking at it, though, engineers are perhaps the most creative people in the world. Oh, they're not the kind of creative people that write poems, paint paintings or sing songs, but what they create can change the world directly. They create products, systems--even whole industries from nothing. Walter P. Chrysler and others created the auto industry as others before him created the railroad industry through engineering. And he says he did it by having fun. So don't make light of fun.
For engineers, having fun is serious business.