One thing is certain in the hardware design world: changes are inevitable. As a design engineer, you’ll often present ideas to customers, expecting acceptance and enthusiasm. However, it’s essential to be prepared for a change in direction and sometimes even for a complete pivot.
1️⃣ 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀: Customers‘ priorities can shift, sometimes without warning. Yesterday’s focus on quality might be replaced by today’s demand for a lower price. Adaptability and readiness with a Plan B will help you navigate these changes and keep the project moving forward.
2️⃣ 𝗙𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗞𝗲𝘆: In a fast-paced industry, flexibility is crucial. While it’s essential to have a strong Plan A, having a well-thought-out Plan B ensures you can pivot quickly and efficiently when faced with unexpected challenges or changes in customer requirements.
3️⃣ 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁: Demonstrating your ability to adapt to changing circumstances and provide alternative solutions helps build customer trust. They’ll appreciate your proactivity and dedication to finding the best solution for their needs.