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Seven things doing a 1000 piece puzzle has common with complex engineering projects

I was doing grocery shopping during the New Year holidays and the store had a lot of 1000 piece puzzle on sale for $11. My son had never done more than 100 pieces and  I was like hey this seems interesting for him, so I bought one. We started working it on Jan13th and finished between 4 people on Jan25th. During the journey of finishing I saw a lot of similarities with complex engineering projects. I think everyone in engineering should do one of these and here are some of the things I learned.


Underestimating the task: I grossly underestimated the task and amount of time it would take for my son to do it.Teamwork: After a day or two I realized my son lost interest, the whole family had to be involved to keep him motivated on it.Prep work: Like engineering projects, you need to do a lot of prep work like:Turn  the pieces down Study the patternsSort the piecesDivide and rule: Like engineering projects you need to pick some quick wins initially to get off the ground and start assigning t…