Maybe There Is A Lesson From Manufacturing QA

Maybe we can draw a lesson from manufacturing quality processes to apply to SQA.  Here’s an article on How Lean Manufacturing Can Backfire:

But Toyota’s recent problems highlight how certain elements of this approach—eliminating overlap by using common parts and designs across multiple product lines, and reducing the number of suppliers to procure parts in greater scale—can backfire when quality-control issues arise.

What’s the software equivalent?  Open source components and reliance on third party integrations.

You know I bang on the drum of distrusting anything that your company doesn’t develop even more than you distrust anything that your company does develop.  However, you can now use the Toyota recall as a metaphor for how that can break and can pervasively impact your software.

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