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Product engineers are experts at identifying, understanding and solving problems. But the problems you tackle – and therefore the impact that you have – don’t have to be limited to the work you do within a text editor or integrated development environment.
Having an impact outside the code editor is about finding ways to shape your company’s culture as much as you build the product. That way, your positive impact will be felt far and wide.
It refers to the fact of designing a product in a more complex way than necessary:
Overengineering (or over-engineering, or over-kill) is the act of designing a product or providing a solution to a problem in an overly complicated manner, where a simpler solution can be demonstrated to exist with the same efficiency and effectiveness as that of the original design.
In the context of software: Code or design that solves problems you don’t have.
Chris Espinosa is apple’s 8th employee, having started work with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at age 14. he has worked in product marketing and engineering and is the Longest-Serving apple employee. Espinosa is a graduate of the University of California, where he authored the apple II reference manual.
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