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Working with Outsourced Engineering, Part 3

Begin with a clear and concise explanation of the problem.

Previously, we noted that an engineering firm can bring related experience to bear on an issue, often producing an elegant solution. But if you specify what you think you want, you might not get that elegant solution.

So begin with a clear and concise explanation of the problem. For example, "This uses a mechanical linkage system that breaks and that we can no longer get spare parts for. We have to fabricate replacement pieces."

You want the engineering firm to l

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