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For developers and engineers: Are you able to incorporate your ideas in your projects? How much freedom for your creativity do you have in your job?

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Ali’s Answer

New ideas are always welcome and encouraged. It is very healthy to have discussions about new ideas for merit and feasiblity. In the corporate world, each idea has to be balanced against other factors, like schedule, cost, and resources so not all ideas may be adopted so do not get discouraged if your idea is not taken forward and to fruition.
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Terry’s Answer

Companies usually encourage innovation from the R&D staff, especially if your ideas lead to improvement of the projects you work on. If you have new or breakthrough ideas, you should discuss with your management and see how your ideas can benefit the projects to get the alignment on time and effort to allocate for you to incorporate your ideas in your projects.
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Beate’s Answer

Great question. Every project I am engaged in I use my personal creativity for solutions I create. The guidelines are sometimes more strict than others, depending on sensitivity of the project and security requirements. Some projects I can govern from beginning to end how I create a solution, which is certainly fun. On other projects I have to work with other teams and their guidance, which is usually more challenging and requires a different kind of creativity. Either situation I have to incorporate my ideas in the projects to make sure everything will work as it is supposed to.

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Every development platform has certain restrictions that you have to work with to create solutions. Consider situations when you have to find a solution, but you are given very specific guidelines of what tools can and can not be used.
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Greg’s Answer

I always encourage innovation and creativity. You may not always "get what you want" due to timelines, scope, budget or other constraints, but I like folks who speak up and suggest new and different ways to do things.
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