We asked seven Boeing inventors to talk about what it means to practice engineering excellence.
Interviews by Laura Fenton and Candace Barron
Millions of people fly on Boeing airplanes every day.
They trust those airplanes to get them safely to where they want to go—to conduct business, stay connected with family, and to travel and experience the world. The men and women serving in the defense of the United States and its allies rely on Boeing products and services to perform as expected.
This is why members of the Boeing Technical Community abide by a collective pledge to the Engineering Code. Because they create some of the most complex systems known to humankind, it’s incumbent on them to ensure that the work they do is right, the first time and every time.
“Quality as a way of life” is about understanding requirements, complying with processes and standing behind the work. It’s about checking work before it leaves individual teams to avoid downstream problems and rework. And it’s about having the courage to call attention to any issues that threaten these values.
Technical issues rarely resolve themselves. More often, even minor unresolved issues can grow into larger problems. Similarly, opportunities can be fleeting—once they’re gone, their benefit may be lost forever. Effective engineers identify and address issues and surface potential opportunities as early as possible to meet commitments and remain competitive.
Ultimately, it’s the personal responsibility of Boeing engineers and technical staff to remain vigilant, focused and dedicated, while maintaining the highest standards of health, safety and well-being.
There are seven essential clauses to the Code. We sat down with seven Boeing innovators to ask them what these parts of the Code mean to them personally. Here are their stories in their own words.