“It was two camps of managers, the Boeing Boy Scouts and the ‘hunter killer assassins,’” remembered Cynthia Cole, a former Boeing engineer who led the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) during the 787 saga. “How do you merge those two management philosophies? The hunter killer assassins will destroy the Boy Scouts. That’s what happens.”
I’ve been quietly wondering what the hell is going on with the 737 Max program at Boeing. This New Republic article goes in to the backstory behind the mess, and how management culture sowed seeds of deadly consequence.