Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Impossible Project hits a snag

You may have read in the press that The Impossible Project is delayed. We have no connection to them and we want them to succeed.  Risk has always been one aspect of their quest.  I have never been in a project that was finished on time, or within budget.  Very often, in medical device development, which I think is at least as complex as integral film, probably more, there have been delays caused by material problems. Materials that won't cooperate, or arrive late, or have characteristics that weren't anticipated, or have turned into unobtanium.  This is typical, and does not mean that the process has been pettered, but it usually does mean that more late nights, worries, and of course expenses will occur.  I found the wording of their press release curious - as if they were only giving themselves another month.  The tension builds...

3 comments:

Justin said...

The press release was really poorly considered. Long story short: a supplier screwed up the packaging for one of the materials required for Ilford to produce the negative, and when Ilford got the shipment it was ruined. They're waiting on a new shipment, hopefully properly packaged this time.

Bob Crowley said...

Justin
This always happens. Supply chain management, which is supposed to orchestrate the sequence of things that vendors have to do for a company to make its product, isn't perfect, and one thing can lead to another, especially at start up. Then engineers and others have to plead to get the suppliers to hurry up and do it right, etc etc. Been there many times. It would not be right if something like this didn't happen.

marco barsotti said...

Justin. is it just this? sure ?

reading the press release I was worried something "very" serious was behind it.