Nimrod AEW3: A Cautionary Tale

A quick post to let you know about an upcoming talk being put on by the Bristol branch of INCOSE on Monday the 05th of December.

Title:  Nimrod AEW3: A Cautionary Tale
Presenters:  Peter Brook & Mike Parnell
Location: Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
Time: 18:30 for 19:00 start to 21:00
Cost: FREE. Non-Members Welcome

You can book here.

And download a flyer/poster here.

And here’s some more information about the talk.  Whilst it is about an aircraft project, I believe it should be of interest to those of us in the health service and other sectors.  There will be lots of commonalities in the lessons learnt. I’m very much looking forward to the talk.

December 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the cancellation of the Nimrod Airborne Early Warning aircraft, arguably the most traumatic event to befall the post-war defence systems community.

The technological difficulties are relatively well known and certainly played a part. Less publicised are the many causes of failure resulting from the nature of the system, how it was specified and developed and how procurement was conducted.

This talk will be given by systems community leading lights Peter Brook & Mike Parnell; two people who had a ringside seat at various times and in different roles in the 10 years leading up to cancellation.

The story will be told from start to finish, and lessons drawn which are still relevant today to anyone involved in commissioning, procurement and systems more generally.

I hope to see you there.


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