Boeing are broken

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My Boeing scrapbook:

This Is Definitive. And damning of Boeing and of software engineers. 346 people are dead because of bad design. Read this. “a cultural laziness within the software engineering community… it’s so easy to fix what you didn’t get right later.” spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/aviation/how-the-boein…

The flaw in the design of the control system is clear [April 29, 2019] . People are tiptoeing around it only because Boeing will be sued for billions with so many dead. 

“US FAA said the agency inspected several planes that Boeing had certified as free of such debris and found the same metal slivers.” In my mind I used to equate Boeing with bulletproof and worry about fancy plastic Airbus. www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/112186575/i-never-p…

 

A good insider history here crankyflier.com/2019/07/18/if-boeing-had-taken-a-d…

 

 

For a profound philosophical POV, read this to understand the games Boeing played with the moniker “737” to evade scrutiny.

www.edge.org/conversation/timothy_taylor-polytheti…

 

Nothing to see here “Traditionally, IAG has flown Airbus on short-haul routes and favored Boeing for long-haul, but CEO decided … supplying the 737 MAX to British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, and Level… worth over $24 billion.” fortune.com/2019/06/21/boeing-737-max-sales-redemp…

*NOW* the FAA are finding another risk in the Boeing 737 Max?

The thing I loved about Boeing was they were bullet proof, not like those plastic-and-electronic Airbuses. #FaithLost. www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-27/boei…

Nailed it: Boeing‘s Corner Cutting Cost a Fortune and 346 Lives  www.thestreet.com/mishtalk/economics/more-737-max-…

prioritising shareholder value is a discredited concept. Think Enron, or Boeing. www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2017/07/17/makin…

“It smacked of the sort of screwup a 23-year-old intern might have made—and indeed, much of the software on the MAX had been engineered by recent grads of Indian software-coding academies making as little as $9 an hour, part of Boeing management’s endless war on the unions”

“Most pilots first heard about MCAS from their unions, which had in turn gotten wind of the software from a supplementary bulletin Boeing sent airlines to accompany the airworthiness directive. Outraged, they took to message boards”

 

This tale should make everyone very angry. Not with the $9 programmers. Not even with Boeing. Be angry with the filthy greed-is-good Friedmanism that brought down Boeing and brought up Trump. I’m not anticapitalist. I’m anti unethical capitalism.

I have high hopes that the Boeing debacle will be a signal event to execs and boards that ethics matter. Volkswagen didn’t hurt enough but Boeing is really going to suffer.

346 people are dead and the Boeing CEO hasn’t resigned. fortune.com/2019/10/04/boeing-737-max-culture-muil…

O dear,  Boeing had a bad week. I know [346] people who had a worse one recently. www.cnbc.com/2019/11/03/boeing-737-max-crashes-dra…

Boeing have completely rewritten the automation software whilst under immense pressure to get the plane flying again. What could possibly go wrong? (It also implies the prior deadly system was hacked from an “antiquated system”) www.businessinsider.com.au/boeing-737-max-flight-c…

the moment Boeing’s leadership decided to divorce itself from the firm’s own culture. Stupid elitist arrogance. www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/how-boei…

Seriously, Boeing has a culture problem liveandletsfly.com/787-lightning-protection/

I’ll grant that Boeing is gonna have to change a lot fast, but they have brought that on themselves and they will pay the cost of too-fast change. 

Boeing is a case study in the toxicity of Friedmanism. It poisoned what was an excellent engineering culture.

Boeing’s response has been an ugly mixture of remorse, evasion and swagger” I hope Boeing will be the bellwether of the fall of shareholder capitalism and a rise of social capitalism www.economist.com/leaders/2019/12/18/boeings-mispl…

Boeing have a problem. www.airlive.net/breaking-the-faa-confirmed-reviewi…

The 737 Max is I think unique in the laxness of the FAA oversight, the rush by Boeing, the level of outsourcing of design, and the fall of their own quality culture in the factories.

Boeing paid a $5M fine to the FCC. Watch them get $5B back. [I was out by an order of magnitude. After Covid they got $58B]

I used to say about Boeing “they may not be elegant but they’re bulletproof”. Hah!!

$5M fine for Boeing. That’s a slap on the finger. FAA complicity continues.  www.cnbc.com/2020/01/10/faa-fines-boeing-5point4-m…

I confess I WANT this to cause irreperable damage to Boeing. I don’t want what is going to happen: the govenrment bail them out and absolve them. I want the ruins of Boeing to stand as a monument to toxic corporate Friedmanism, like a collapsed bridge. www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-14/lion-ai…

 

Will Boeing make real change or slap on a coat of paint? The world is too impatient for real change. It took a decade to bork the company and it will take a decade to fix it. So look for the quick fix: epoxy and sandpaper. Courtesy of a big consultancy.

This steams me up. Blame the staff. How about Boeing start by fixing the governance and values? Then change the management (the way they manage, and some of the senior staff). And move them back to Seattle. THEN they can talk about fiddling with structure. Starting with restructure signals to me change theatre. Restructure should be a lagging indicator of change, not the start. And I’m sure their pilots and engineers are the least of their problems. www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-15/boeing-…

So assuming 5% profit margins, Boeing‘s fine is the profit from about 10 planes.

The EU fines Airbus $4 billion for bribery. Nobody dead. The FAA fines Boeing $50 million for unsafe planes. 340 people are dead. US morality on show. www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/31/airbus-to…

Boeing patched a software code error just two hours before the vehicle reentered Earth’s atmosphere.” Fail fast. arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/starliner-faced-ca…

Has Boeing identified its culture as the issue? No.

Have there been Board changes? No.

The first thing they did was reorg their pilots.

Their focus now is fast-tracking the Max, and redesigning a future plane. Totally oblivious. www.smh.com.au/business/companies/first-time-since…

Boeing haven’t sunk to the bottom of the hole yet…. As an org, they deserve this. The individuals don’t. www.businessinsider.com.au/boeing-737-max-prosecut…

More evidence that Boeing is doing absolutely nothing about their culture problem.  Blame the pilots. https://thewofa.com/2020/03/boeing-ceo-blames-pilots-for-737-max-crashes/

Four 787s all lost navigational control on approach to Hong Kong. Not another Boeing glitch? www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transport/article/3074…

More Boeing. Can we have the 747s back please. www.cnbc.com/2020/03/06/faa-proposes-fining-boeing…

And MORE Boeing. qz.com/1814088/nasa-launches-new-investigation-int…

If it was that marginal that the idea has been turned down, why the **** would Boeing even propose it? Profit over safety, that’s why. Boeing has a culture problem. www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-737max/boeing-pr…

 

Boeing: Safety Second. “the government proceeded to certify the plane first and address those issues later due to pressure from Boeing.” airlinerwatch.com/canadian-gover

“Not only did safety improve,… also changed the relationship between managers and teams and enhanced the culture as a whole.” [No, of course it wasn’t Boeing] ft.com/content/01d79f There is a pattern of orgs whose boss makes safety the top priority which leads to .the whole org perfomance improving Alcoa is a famous one. And one of the American railroads. UP? Can anyone confirm?

Forget both internal and extenal competition. It was a fixation on business competition that ruined the Boeing culture. Fixate on truth beauty and goodness, and let the competitors worry about you.

$58billion for Boeing. It must be nice to know that no matter how much you fuck up a company as CEO, you’ll still personally get $60million parachute and the govt will save the company anyway. www.forbes.com/sites/jamesasquith/2020/03/20/confi…

Boeing’s quality issues never end. And yet they’re doing nothing to reform culture. “Turn it off and on again” www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/02/boeing_787_power_…

Boeing couldn’t build a paper plane right now. They need some profound cultural change and they won’t be able to do it fast enough. Never mind flight shaming or Corona. Boeing are doing far more to keep people off airplanes.arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/after-troubled-fir…

More damning Boeing. They so lost the plot. www.theverge.com/2020/4/9/21197162/boeing-737-max-…

Guess who will have to pay to bail out Boeing after the collapse of their engineering culture. arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/a-nasa-analysis-of…

 

More quality issues in the notorious Charleston factory of Boeing. theaircurrent.com/aviation-safety/boeing-pulls-eig…  The only planes Boeing are pulling are those with TWO connected defects.
“hellbent on making rate”. Boeing have a serious and tragic culture problem. Will they fix it? No intent shown so far.

 

Now the horizontal stabilser on the Dreamliner. I think Boeing are now piling it on to numb the world.
This is almost beyond belief
edition.cnn.com/2020/09/08/business/boeing-787-fla…