CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Jun 17, 2006 (AP)� NASA managers on Saturday picked July 1 to launch the first space shuttle in almost a year, despite recommendations against a liftoff attempt by the space agency's chief engineer and safety offices.
The decision to launch Discovery on a trip to the international space station was made after two days of meetings by NASA's top managers and engineers at the Kennedy Space Center. The flight would be only the second shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster in 2003.
During a poll of top managers, representatives from NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and the Office of the Chief Engineer recommended against flying until further design changes are made to the external fuel tank. Despite their recommendations, the dissenting managers didn't object to making a launch, NASA officials said.
This is the kind of crap that happens when CEOs and "top managers" don't fucking listen to the underlings.
Both times that the shuttle blew up, it took off with people on the ground who knew about the problems.
If you're managing any kind of technology at all, it is highly likely that the 'underlings' know more about their job than you do. Especially where the technology is really complex and integrates a lot of different skills.
What really pisses me off is when the "managers" ignore the "specialists" accusing them of "analysis paralysis" and then have the balls to blame those same specialists when things don't work out.
Because you can't bet that a manager who doesn't listen probably has a highly evolved blame-avoidness system. And you can bet it will be called into action when the shit hits the fan.