Creative Commons License

Blog powered by Typepad

« Microsoft Office 2007 and Open XML: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics | Main | Developing a Standards Office for Google »

30 April 2008


Wesley Parish

FWIW, I picked up a book on the Liberty Ship, "The Liberty Ship in Peacetime", at the local city library the other day and browsed the front part of it. The reason why the Liberty ship was such a successful program was the rigid adherence to standards, that allowed factories somewhere else to build the accommodation quarters for example, and send them to the dockyards, where they could be fitted to the hulls with the minimum of hassle. It was quite an eye-opener. The other major contribution standardisation made to that conflict that I was aware of, was the improvement that Packard made when licensing the building of the Merlin engine. Rolls Royce were apparently somewhat haphazard. ;) Among the greatest aero-engines in the world, and batches differed such that they and their repairs couldn't be easily interchanged.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)