By Mike Deliman
The phone rings. A customer has an application destined for a
high-risk environment, and somewhere in test they’ve found a new
unanticipated condition. A "Tiger Team"
is formed – a group of experts who’ve "been here before", who
understand the priority and the risks, and know how serious it is.
Many times a Tiger Team may give the go / no-go, the final answer that
either saves a mission, or drops all that work into the dust-bin. Such
a team itself represents a *lot* of work, frustration, and time –
investigations may run on days, weeks, or months, as long as they reach
their conclusion on-time. And there’s the one facet that can’t be
changed by any engineering practice: Time.