Charles Miller describes how engineers express the level of difficulty of solving a problem (via Ron K. Jeffries). He has some great descriptions of each level of difficulty, which I found quite accurate:

* Impossible

* Unfeasable

* Non-Trivial

* Very Hard

* Hard

* Trivial

I’ve added “straightforward” to my language, which describes trivial problems that will still require some time to implement. I find it helpful in talking to non-engineers and to other engineers who might argue with my characterization of a given problem as “trivial.”

Totally accurate, although I’ve found that sometimes, depending on the engineer, “trivial” can be the first response, and “very hard” is the real answer :)

Damon