Monday, January 10, 2011

Pick Any Two

Last week principal findings of the BP Oil Spill Presidential Commission were released.   Not surprisingly it cited root causes that were “systemic”, decisions without adequate consideration of risks, and failures of regulatory oversight.  It also cited a lack of a culture of safety at the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon.  We came across an interesting entry in a blog tied to an article in the New York Times by John Broder on January 5, 2011, “Blunders Abounded Before Gulf Oil Spill, Panel Says”.  We thought it was worth passing on. 

Comment No. 7 of 66 submitted by:
Jim S.
January 5th, 2011
7:23 pm

“A fundamental law of engineering (or maybe of the world in general) is "Cheaper, Faster, Better: Pick Any Two".  

Clearly those involved, whether deliberately or by culture, chose Cheaper and Faster.”

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