The engineer's driving force is a technical problem that they want to solve. Once the problem is identified, possible solutions are brainstormed. One of the most common difficulties is that there are several possible solutions. To choose the best solution, all of them would theoretically have to be tried and evaluated. However, this requires excess time and resources. In most cases these resources are only available to a limited extent. Even in the best case, an important aspect is often neglected.
The solution changes the previous product or the existing process. In complex technical systems, this rarely happens without side effects. The more complex the system, the more difficult it is to predict the effects. So the engineer has no choice but to try the solution. Through testing, unforeseen problems are revealed.
This results in a cycle of tests and corrections. It is not important how many test cycles are made, what matters is how long a test lasts. It is very important to find out as quickly as possible whether the solution has the desired effect (and no negative effects). In addition, a failed test should not mean catastrophe.
The main challenge is to create an environment for development in which the first results can be quickly evaluated. This is the best way to determine whether the direction is still right. The trick is not to sink the entire ship in the event of a mistake, but to limit the effects to a "sandbox" environment.
At this point, we would like to provide you a space where you can try out your ideas for finding solutions to specific tasks – without consequences. So, here it is, the sandbox for engineers.