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Interesting article.

I used to live in Seattle, so I spent a lot of time at the Boeing Museum of Flight with my son. It shows a lot about Boeing in it early years, including their original factory: the Red Barn. It is absolutely worth it, if you like the history of aviation.

By the way, the last time that I was there, it was unusually crowded. While I was sitting in the cafeteria, I heard an enormous roar of jet engines, so I stood up to get a better view. It was the Blue Angels taking off right in front of me. What an awesome sound!

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One of my first jobs was with a small software company that leveraged exceptional talent and agile development to deliver solutions in half the time of traditional contractors. It was was a challenge to sell the government on the idea of "we will deliver the product in half the time, but at the same price."

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Really enjoyed this article (and the one before it) as a history of a bit of the US defence industry I'm not very familiar with. The paragraphs on R&D and "The commercial world intuitively understands that you do not let the customer dictate how the product is developed, but people get confused once the government is involved." particularly resonates with the issues we're having on our AJAX and BOXER programmes here in the UK...

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