Friday, October 27, 2006

It takes software to really screw up


I've been reading about the 1 year delay in the Airbus A380 which has been attributed to wiring problems. I just didn't understand how wiring problems could cause such a large schedule slip. Surely software must have been involved in any modern project failure? Now however I have found out that the problem is software related, and I am happy. Airbus Hamburg and Airbus Toulouse were using different versions of CAD software which had incompatible file formats.

A doctor, an architect, and a computer scientist were arguing about whose profession was the oldest. In the course of their arguments, they got all the way back to the Garden of Eden, whereupon the doctor said, "The medical profession is clearly the oldest, because Eve was made from Adam's rib, as the story goes, and that was a simply incredible surgical feat." The architect did not agree. He said, "But if you look at the Garden itself, in the beginning there was chaos and void, and out of that, the Garden and the world were created. So God must have been an architect." The computer scientist, who had listened to all of this said, "Yes, but where do you think the chaos came from?


  1. ... The situation worsened when construction and tests of the first A380s generated demands for structural changes that would affect the wiring...

    This was the real problem, wiring changes failed to take into account the structure through which the wiring had to fit. The software incompatibility is just a scape goat for a physical engineering balls-up, ie the new wires wouldn't fit.