This week's issue of Fortune magazine has a feature story on the A380 disaster. Several times, the magazine promises to tell the whole story of what went wrong -- in a special foldout page that features a partial xray representation of the enormous airplane.
I read it all, and still didn't learn what went wrong, other than a brief mention of wiring being too short, and Germany using 2D software. No mention of:
- the change from copper to aluminum wiring.
- the need to input the CATIA V4 data by hand into the French software system.
- the failure of IBM to integrate the data from the French and German CAD operations.
I did have to chuckle at the posturing by the French and German leaders just before the details of the 10,000-worker job cuts. The head of Germany said, "Let the company decide on the cuts; government should not interfere." The head of France said, "The cuts must be fair [ie, most of them should happen in Germany]."
Then the company decided: Almost half the cuts will be to the operations in France, but only a quarter in Germany (plus others in other countries).
Even so, the cuts are drawn out: over four years, and hopefully will be done on voluntary basis by workers. "If not enough workers leave on their own after 1.5-2 years," said one of the heads of the Airbus company, "Then we might have to be more forceful." So the German workers promptly go on strike. I guess that's one form of voluntary job cutting!