Friday, March 08, 2002
An invitation to a meeting at short notice should be met with the utmost caution. But I laughed and said it sounded like a poisoned chalice. It was. Somehow I'm the one who is most appropriate to check that all documents have been closed down for this project. It's easy to wave your hands in the air and say "yeah, 'course it's all been updated for the [technical meeting of the month]". But where's the evidence? I took the ultra cautious approach. If I had no proof which I could see or touch or both, then it wasn't done. It's the first of several iterations, after all. But the way I see it, quality's not gonna be treated with respect if it's only seen as a quick and dirty fix. This decision was accepted - for the time being. We all wanted to go home and get back to our lives. But the day of reckoning will come and someone's either going to have to do some very hard firefighting or face up to the consequences of playing about with auditable evidence.
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Finding out far too much about the Challenger disaster, as part of the statistics course. To say "O rings" as an automatic response is apparently not the whole story - it looks like becoming a confession.