Engineering Hunting Packs


While I visited a engineering oil and gas company in Indonesia, I came across a novel concept: engineering packs.

It works like this: you have a group of young engineers tackle one activity at a time. Note that I refer to one project, one activity, like doing a line list, or filling out datasheets, or entering data into a database. The pack acts a group collective, each having partial knowledge of the topic. Together, they check and counter check their work.

The disadvantage about this approach is that initially you pay double or triple a young grad’s salary, as they act as one. However:

  • less checking of work by seniors (have packs in an assembly line, one checking the work of the other)
  • more incentive to learn fast (break from the pack, become alpha leader)
  • spreading technical knowledge faster (hopefully, each pack member wants to impress the other in terms of what they know, less threatened to bring out their ideas).

Could this concept work in Malaysia?

2 Responses to Engineering Hunting Packs

  1. zzeed says:

    I suppose so. Why not? Many heads are better than 1 (well, too many wouldn’t be effective either, the best partnership is in 2s, backup & balance)

    I’ve seen many, many months spent trying to recover from a work done by solo jr-engineer becoming a senior

  2. sohas says:

    sounds like a good alternative idea!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: