How can engineers, trained in precision and certainty, become comfortable with the idea of being unsure?

The World Economic Forum has identified 69 factories (named Lighthouse factories) that combine growth, productivity, sustainability and workforce development. What’s key is the adoption of fourth industrial revolution methods, including automation.

The UK is behind. We only have one Lighthouse Factory. The Engineer recently published my observations of the possible barriers, based on my experience of leading engineering teams.

Do we engineers have it in us to adopt a more entrepreneurial mindset more like the digital world – where, instead of waiting for 100 per cent, we take calculated risks, testing out new forms of automation and data gathering and learning as we go?

Let me know your thoughts: