Failure Links

by Cameron Schaefer on July 17, 2008

Here are some good links on failure that I’ve come across in the past few days:

From Fast Company, 10 Web 2.0 Ideas that Failed.”  A great look at the other side of the revolution that has brought us Facebook, Twitter, etc.  I like this post because it doesn’t just stop at labeling them failures, but tries to uncover why they failed.

From BoingBoing, “Iran: You Suck At Photoshop,” a hilarious look at Iran’s recent failure to photoshop some of the images from it’s recent missile launch in an attempt to make themselves look more, uh, scary.

A New York Times interview entitled, “Overcoming the ‘Sway’ in Professional Life,” with the authors of the book, Sway. “…a provocative new book about the psychological forces that lead us to disregard facts or logic and behave in surprisingly irrational ways.”  Interesting look at the failure of the interview process to select the best candidate for a job, first impressions, and the need for staying in touch with your customers.

And finally, for all of you pilots out there, some hilarious examples of a failure in communication between pilot and maintenance, taken from

The intro to the list explains,

“After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet, which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (“P”) and the solutions by maintenance engineers (“S”).”

Here’s a teaser for you, see the full list here:

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget

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