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How to become a Distinguished Engineer

A brief presentation on the key behaviours and qualities of an IBM Distinguished Engineer

Richard Hopkins

on 1 June 2013

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Transcript of How to become a Distinguished Engineer

They need strong roots Growth behaviours Top of the tree? What makes a Distinguished Engineer? Apply commonsense
make decisions
have a point of view
Provide hope
inspire others
be optimistic and cheerful
Adapt proactively
be curious and fearless
don't wait for permission 'T' and 'X' shapes
Your knowledge will die!
Your network and community must replace
Eminence Take responsibility (and the blame!)
Integrity and trust in all things
Learn from your mistakes (or even better other people's)
Do people favours; they will be your technical sponsors; treat them well!
Build a track record and keep notes!
Use your IDP and projects to stretch yourself How to become a Distinguished Engineer IBM Fellows are world famous inventors and theorists

IBM Distinguished Engineers are 'journeymen' from a practical background

Some are both, but all are Corporate Executive appointments Richard Hopkins, FIET Know yourself and be true to you
Enhance your communication skills and image
Listen actively
Be a mentor and coach
Lead diverse teams
Time management techniques Technical Personal Professional Root cause analysis and problem solving
Choose an IBM technical profession
Learn consultancy techniques
Project manage(!)
Join a professional body There is only one way to become a Distinguished Engineer, but many ways not to become one! But it is a unique and fascinating job that transcends many boundaries... and I am always happy to talk about it! "I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me."

Molliere "A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible."

Freeman Dyson
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