Keith Sketchley

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

Keith's Productive Capability

Aviation Resources

Auto-Truck Resources

Administration Resources

Professional Resources

Enterprise Resources

Usability Bear

Contacting Keith


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



BUSINESS & TECHNICAL ADVICE/NEWS:
(In chronological order - newest at the bottom of section.)

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.)


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.

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

OLDER BUSINESS ADVICE/NEWS


Kurmudgeon Keith's Critical Comments:

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

What do organizations want in software updates?

" 'Long-term speed' is what organizations want. They want stuff to get fixed, but they don't want changes that muck up the works."

Keith says they also want better quality up front.

A binary error is easy to make.

I recently experienced an example of that in communications/semantics.
I asked a store clerk where the large packages of peanuts were. He asked "shelled or unshelled". I responded "unshelled".
20 seconds of confusion followed because I meant taken out of their shell ("shelling" being a common term for that action) whereas he interpreted my statement as meaning not taken out of the shell, that is "not shelled".

Precision in wording is helpful.

(And of course measurements may be "nominal".
Moen defines the length of a u-shaped wall grab bar by useable grabbing length, which is good in one sense, but a critical factor is needed space for installation, which is about six inches longer due to the bends, diameter of bar, and mounting flanges. Even 12" usable length is enough for two hands to grab)

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 and protesting.

OLDER COMMENT


KEEP YOUR SHIELDS UP, SPAMMERS USE OTHERS' DOMAIN NAMES.


USER FACTORS, ECONOMICS, RATIONAL ENTERPRISE VALUES

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 2015.06.30. Please advise me of problems you see - thanks.

The Fine Print

Contents of this web site are the Intellectual Property of Keith Sketchley, including terms "Kurmudgeon Keith", "Enterprise Bureaucracy EradiKator", and "The Big C".(Other sites, quoted trade names, organizational logs, and excerpts are the property &responsibility of their owners - while I am discriminating in linking and accepting cross-links, endorsement is only as explicitly stated.)

You may use this site to obtain information, provided that you behave responsibly and fairly - including not using addresses for junk communications. Any other use is fraudulent as it violates terms of the offer you accepted by using it. Use of advice and information contained in this site is at your risk.

This site will remain simple to accommodate different o/s & browsers, users with vision problems or slow/wireless connections, printing, security, and cost (money & time) - its purpose is communication not theatre. (Specifically avoided are Flash and cookies.) Hosted by InternetHosting.ca, who are easier to contact than many services but have trouble with accounting software and user interface.