Vice President, Rational Continuous Engineering Solutions
IBM Software Group
There are more examples of engineering failures than anyone can list. One of the reasons I became an engineer is because my 3rd grade teach, Mrs. Robinson in Valley View Elementary School, told me I could never be an engineer since I didn't check my math work. She said bridges would fall. Well, she was wrong about my career, but she was right about the importance of checking one's work. And that validation starts with requirements.
These websites outline some of the most world's most famous engineering failures. They are sobering to see. While there are lots of things that can go wrong throughout the design and manufacturing process, it is widely accepted that the most important step to get right is Requirements. It is vital to ensure they are correct, complete, consistent, and clear. And, the best way to accomplish that is to use a tool that makes it easier for engineers to manage requirements the right way from the start. It is hard to believe that the requirements for anything we rely on might still be done using email or spreadsheets, but it is still happening in every industry.
Don't let your next project show up on one of these web sites! Use the right tool to enable the discipline of requirements management.