I’d love to see Boeing put the engineers back in charge. Maybe the accountants have been running the show for too long. There seems to be absolutely no vision at the company that I can see. I’ve flown Boeing’s best products for years and this era makes me pretty sad.
Put Engineers in charge and you'll soon have no company.
I'm an engineer, (well, Manufacturing Engineer really) and currently fighting like hell to hold off specification creep being driven by Engineers on a new product, that has the potential to kill our ability to hit the cost and schedule targets our market dictates.
Engineers like to engineer for the hell of it.
That's why they do what they do.
But any of that Engineering HAS to add value to both the business and the customer.
That's a commercial and marketing aspect of running a commercial business that is fundamental to its success.
The reality is that, despite our "accountant" vs "Engineer" rhetoric, you actually need all of those parts of the business, including quality, product assurance, project management etc to be working in harmony to deliver a safe quality product at schedules and costs that drive a market advantage.
Getting out of balance either way risks the viability of the business.
And that's what I believe happened to Boeing - money at virtually any cost..
Engineers building what engineers want to build without a good understanding of the market could easily sink the company.
I'm an engineer. I do not make, nor do I want to make strategic decisions for my employer. I want to make technical decisions. That's what my education and experience is in.
But I do want the strategic people to ask what is technically possible, and give me time to figure it out, before they make their strategic decision. It appears to me that is what Boeing is doing right now.