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Rechtin on Ultraquality - Tying Quality to Cost

Reducing Cost is a Driver for Improving Quality

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

Excerpted from Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems, Eberhardt Rechtin, Prentice Hall, 1991.

MANAGERIAL RESPONSE II: TYING QUALITY TO COST

One of the most important effects of greatly increased global competition has been the simultaneous increase in quality and decrease in cost of commercially available products. . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - Technological Substitution

The semiconductor (and software!) revolution

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

Excerpted from Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems, Eberhardt Rechtin, Prentice Hall, 1991.

TECHNOLOGICAL RESPONSE I: TECHNOLOGICAL SUBSTITUTION

One of the most dramatic improvements in component quality has been the inon of many circuits onto a single microelectronic chip, replacing thousands of Individual electronic . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - Zero Defects and Progressive Redesign

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

THE BASIC RESPONSE: MURPHY'S LAW AND ZERO DEFECTS

Murphy's law and zero-defect implementation share in a notable and important omission-neither mentions statistics nor acceptable quality limits (AQL). If something can fail, it will. Perfection, not acceptable imperfection, is essential at every step.

No matter that perfection is an . . .

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Eberhardt Rechtin on the Challenge of Ultraquality

The Writings of a Systems Architecture Legend

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

In his classic (but criminally overlooked) 1991 book "Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems," Eberhardt Rechtin discusses technical, managerial and architectural responses to the challenge of building ultraquality systems - systems that are of such high quality that they are impractical to certify by . . .

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IEEE Oral Histories - Eberhardt Rechtin

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

Much legacy content served by Google (esp. early NASA and IEEE content) runs through to dead links :-( however, the Engineering and Technology History Wiki contains an incredible list of Oral Histories and you can read the full transcript of an interview with Eberhardt Rechtin (conducted in 1995 by Frederik Nebeker) at . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - The Challenge

Excellence Beyond Measure and the need for Ultraquality Systems

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 04, 2018

Continuing the complex systems architecture theme and discussion of ultra-quality systems, the excerpt below is taken from Eberhardt Rechtin, Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems, 1991, Chap 8.

Several issues spring to mind today, particularly how the need for some ultra-quality systems continues to be driven by public . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - Redundancy and Fault Tolerance

The Writings of a Complex Systems Architecture Legend

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 04, 2018

In his classic (but criminally overlooked) 1991 book "Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems," Eberhardt Rechtin discusses technical, managerial and architectural responses to the challenge of building high quality systems. Despite being several decades old, 'modern' techniques like Lean manufacturing . . .

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