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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A chilled work environment

Here a link to an article by frank Munger: UPF review cites ‘chilled work environment,’ other causes for design failure; Y-12′s M&O contractor criticized: http://knoxblogs.com/atomiccity/2013/09/15/upf-review-cites-chilled-work-environment-causes-design-failure-y-12s-mo-contractor-criticized/ In it are jewels like these: – A coercive management style was encouraged by “the M&O contractor, UPF Project, and M&O Contractor corporate managers (at Babcock & Wilcox and Bechtel), and was tolerated by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s field office and Department of Energy headquarters. Among the contributing factors cited: “A ‘chilled work environment’ resulted in limited communications, hesitation to bring problems forward, organizational mistrust, and stifled innovation and problem solving.” The management directive to freeze the footprint early in the design process set the stage for project behavior, the report said. “The M&O contractor’s senior management staff was critical of recommendations from the project team that were inconsistent with their views . . . As an example, individual Engineering and Design staff personnel were chastised by senior management when they identified space/fit issues, and were told to ‘prove that you need more space.’ “ – NNSA and B&W Y-12 leadership failed to comprehend the complexity of the project or failed to implement the appropriate actions, such as project-specific policies and Procedures.

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Anonymous said...

A 'chilled work environment' with abusive top level management that didn't want to hear the truth?

Yep, isn't the for-profit world of Bechtel-ized NNSA facilities & institutions just grand? It's so 'chilled' you need to wear a polar parka in the summer just so you don't catch managerial induced 'frost bite' !

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