Going to college? Wondering what's actually in all those majors you're being offered? Here's a quick guide to quite a lot of them with such gems as:
Engineering: The art of figuring out which parameters you can safely ignore.
From my experience here's some suggestions.
You can ignore costs on government projects. Money grows on taxpayers.
You can ignore schedules on certain high risk high cost projects like launching godzillion dollar satellites on zillion dollar launch vehicles. You get one chance and the customer likes to see it work.
Schedules are important on some government projects. SOME sort of results need to be shown before the next election. Especially if you want to keep your job on that project.
Costs are important on private industry projects. The company has very little money left after taxes, and if you don't produce the Next Big Thing before their competitors, they go broke, leaving you unemployed.
Fun stuff at the link.