How Do IoT Engineers Work Together?
The real magic begins when IoT engineers with different areas of expertise come together to work on a project. Because we are all fluent in the vernacular of each other’s sub-disciplines, we can have fruitful conversations and find creative ways to work together in order to fill in each other’s gaps. There’s really no substitute for being able to depend on each other when building an IoT product.
All throughout history, deep personal relationships are a common thread among those who achieve the greatest accomplishments. Think about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the Apollo 11 mission control crew, or one of my favorite duos: the MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. These teams were able to do what they did because they knew that they could count on each other and because they brought complementary skills to the table.
A big part of this is psychological safety, “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team will not embarrass, reject, or punish you for speaking up.” In IoT development, this means that an electrical engineer needs to be able to push back on a software developer, that a data scientist needs to feel comfortable asking tough questions to the firmware engineer, and that everyone is able to reach across the aisle to fill in the holes in their understanding.
Another reason why IoT engineering depends on teamwork is that our work is so interdependent upon each other. When we have personal relationships with each other that go beyond the office, we’re more likely to work harder for each others’ benefit. For instance, a software engineer will go the extra mile to put their data into a format that’s easier to feed to a machine learning model because they’re friends with the data scientist who’s building that model.
This combination of knowing how one can optimize their work to improve somebody else’s work in a tangentially related field, alongside the drive to do so, is a key indicator of all successful engineers. This is crucial for the success of multidisciplinary IoT projects.
Why Do We Need IoT Engineers?
The only way to develop truly mature IoT products is by working with IoT engineers. While it’s possible to build an early-stage device by working in silos, that simply isn’t going to cut it when dealing with complicated, interdependent systems.
We’re defining IoT engineering because we understand the benefit of knowledge encapsulation. If you can’t encapsulate everything you need into a picture that’s easy to understand, then you won’t get there. By clearly defining what it means to be an IoT engineer, we’re planting our flag.
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