This is an important article. What has suffered in the name of efficiency is honesty. Engineers who move ahead are masters of presentation and optimism. The boss listens for what he wants to hear. "I will have it done tomorrow." is much better than "it might take 3 weeks.". Much of the work is done by consulting firms. They care about billable hours, not intelligent design (the type man does that is). As the commercial asked - Were's the beef ?