Arkisto: May 2014

If A Pelican Goes Through The Turbine

20. Mayta, 2014 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

U-2 is a spy plane developed in the 1950s by Lockheed. Originally, it was developed especially for spying on the Soviet Union during the cold war. What was special in the plane, was its light structure and for that time and age, the high maximum altitude it could reach. One could reach even 100,000 feet (~30,5 kilometres) high.

An altitude that high is not typical for our more modern planes. Los Angeles airport learned this the hard way.

The air control system was not designed to handle U-2’s flight altitude and the system malfunctioned.

The system interpreted, due to a simple software bug, the spy plane’s flight altitude to be very low, which caused a forced chain reaction in the system for readjusting the flight routes for every other plane. The system could not handle the stress and all the flight traffic control in southern California was left paralyzed for an hour.

Merely at the Los Angeles airport 27 flights had to be cancelled, and 27 other flights were rerouted to other airports, while 212 flights were dramatically delayed.

For example, one flight from L.A. to New York costs the air company $56,400.

Simply put, total expenses caused by the cancelled flights can reach even $1,500,000, and that is without its follow up effects.

With that kind of money, an expensive ($150/h) test consultant would work for 10,000 hours. That’s 1350 working days!

So frustrating it makes you wanna cry

13. Mayta, 2014 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

I spent the year 2002 in Kajaani. I was in the army. In March struck the first garrison-wide flu. I became sick, as well. In my case, I had an exceptionally bad luck going, since the flu lingered on for around one month, while I was doing the armed service. Finally, I was sent to the Kainuu central hospital, first staying in the garrison hospital before getting there.

I spent two whole weeks at a medical ward. My roommate was an older gentleman, who had been transferred from the intensive care unit to the same ward just a day earlier. His problem was more severe. His brain haemorrhage had likely taken place at a region that regulates speech. Otherwise the man seemed fine, but he was not able to talk.

I observed the visits by nurses. Time after time the man’s frustration built up, because he was not able to tell them what he needed.

It is not a very pleasant sight when a grown man cries.

We practiced. During the first week, we learned how to together communicate his wishes to the staff. Sometimes the man needed something to drink, sometimes pain killers for his headache. Finally we noticed that he man was able to hold a pen and draw simple things as a way of conveying a message. His demeanor improved at once and the practice continued.

I have noticed that people get similarly frustrated in the working life. Testing experts know well, how the work should actually be handled. Yet, remarkably few know how to convey their thoughts to their colleagues and superiors. In the end, they just accept their role in working, and vent at their friends in sauna evenings.

If you don’t bet, you can’t win!

The campaign by Veikkaus is brilliant. The same holds true to you. Your spectacular ideas are entirely useless, if you do nothing to realize them.

A true expert practices constantly the skills required to extract those ideas from their mind. First through a pen onto a paper, then out from their mouths.