KerrieAnne Christian has picked up an interesting story from the US Government Audit Office about cost overruns in the refurbishment of the warheads for Trident missiles. It was a US$69 million cost overrun, to be precise, in part because the critical knowledge to make a key component had been lost – poor recordkeeping in the 1980s and departure of the original people who had worked on it. If only we could count the cost of forgetfulness more often. Now, where did I put those nuclear missiles again?

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a new category - sadly - Ignorance Management

the Trident missile story was well received by my engineering colleagues as an important wakeup call - in the meantime a while back I “rescued” a late 1940’s Metallurgical Engineering Handbook - only needed it occasionally - excellent when I did


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