What Went Wrong with the A380? En-Chi, Kang 2019/6/17 According to the Beyond Software (2017), the Airbus A380 project failure was due to two elements. In the first place, the Airbus failed to insist on a single system of truth across all project elements. That is, different countries were using different versions of the same software to design aircraft parts. However, the two versions were not compatible with each other and the both components required a complete overhaul before the wings could operate correctly (Beyond Software, 2017). Moreover, the single mistake cost the company over US $6 billion and a two years delay. To me, I believe it was a huge mistake that should not happen. In the project initiation phase, the Airbus should already make sure that every branch were using the same system, or the Airbus should know that different versions of software were compatible or not. It was totally a good example that every project manager must learn, through aligning the system in the initiation phase can save you tons of money and time!
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- Fall '19
- Airbus, Airbus A380, Toulouse, Eads