Keith Sketchley

Engineering Integration & Enterprise Leadership
capability for real investors, producers & users.

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Usability Bear

Contacting Keith

Legalities and link to personal page are at bottom of this page.

(In chronological order - newest at the bottom of section.)

Recruiting will change.

How to handle the uncertainty?

You could go to jail

Between operating and maintenance entities of the Carson aviation company it managed to substantially under-represent the weight of a helicopter used to transport firefighters.
The error came from not including some items of equipment added after weighting the helicopter, notably a water tank. (Items whose weight is accurately known can be added by calculation, to result in an accurate operational weight and center of gravity.)

There was also confusion over which performance graphs to use.

That had two consequences:
- it gave Carson an incorrect advantage in bidding and costing for US Forest Service work.
- it mislead flight crews on how whether or not it was safe to takeoff in particlular conditions.
Eventually the helicopter crashed.

(Crew unwiseness in taking off over trees with a heavy helicopter (recently refuelled helicopter carrying many workers) was also a factor. The helicopter did not have enough performance to fly over trees at its actual weight in the environmental conditions of the takeoff (temperature and air density).)

The NTSB's accident investigation report was scathing in its criticism of the behaviour of Carson employees, accusing them of dishonesty.

Executives need to pay attention.

An accidental career

Carpenter Herman found himself the owner of a hotel, when it went broke owing him money.
Then he traded hotel stay nights for musical performances.
Herman's Jazz Club became a fixture in downtown Victoria B.C.

He had a career, then seizing an opportunity he found another he liked.

They spawned an industry - coffeemaker version

Vincent Marotta and Samuel Glazer hired two engineers to create a brewing machine like those used by restaurants, but for home use.

Both gone now, but they set an example.

Thinking through the whole need

Whether or not the attributes of their product are worthwhile, these guys think well for customers, ensuring no cross-contamination of new and old mattresses.

(The wool name is for heavy kinking for use in mattresses.)

A business helps develop and attract qualified employees

"Everything in the kit was spec’d by Mopar staffers who began their careers as service techs."


Kurmudgeon Keith's Critical Comments:

(In chronological order - newest at the bottom of section.)

A key reason for job descriptions is so that people will know what they are responsible for.

Defining on the fly takes skill and trust.

Keith knows the foundations of how to do that.

It can see ghosts !?

Hype for an infrared viewing device.

I thought ghosts would be cold thus not emitting infrared.

New immigrant happy with opportunity

From Jamaica to northern Alberta, she has the drive to do it.

A real person doing real things, not bureaucracy nor protesting.

Pushing people to make unrealistic forecasts has consequences

UTC aerospace was unrealistic so fell short on income compared to forecasts, investors don't like that.

I guess they didn't pick up on the lesson from Boeing's wildly unrealistic schedules for the 787 program, which UTC is a supplier to - those came from pushing people and not listening. (How to prevent that? Ask Keith.)

Advice for communicating

Not easy, but important.

He said often times people tend to overcomplicate business.
- Business person Jackson Wagner, quoted in the Goldsream Gazette newspaper of May 25, 2016 regarding his experience helping a class in a Junior Achievement day at a school.

Wagner then looked at his own business from that viewpoint.




Providing value by professionally applying integrated knowledge of development, installation, testing,
operations, user factors, safety, economics, administration, and people values foundations in the real world.
Product development emphasis includes Vehicle Electronic Systems, Avionics, and user-oriented medical aids.

Methods include TQM, Team-work, Concurrent Engineering, Systems Integration, Fundamental Values Management
- from a perspective of understanding principles for success not as buzz-speak panaceas.

See CAPABILITIES for more information.

I defend what fosters peace & prosperity
- individual freedom
supported by justice & defense.

Personal page content including activities and consumer technical advice is linked from a sub-page of this site.

Page version 2016.05.30. Please advise me of problems you see - thanks.

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