Boeing 737 Max software outsourced to cheap Indian software engineers, Indian software developer HCL Technologies Ltd., You get what you pay for
“Using cheap Indian software engineers for mission critical software, software that controls flight functions and affects human life is criminal as well as stupid.”…Citizen Wells
“The conclusion is simple: if a 200-man project has 25 managers who are the most competent and experienced programmers,
fire the 175 troops and put the managers back to programming.”…Frederick Brooks, author “The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering”
“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells
You get what you pay for
Using cheap Indian software engineers for mission critical software, software that controls flight functions and affects human life is criminal as well as stupid.
I know this for a fact.
I am an expert on computer software, software development and debugging.
I also have experience evaluating and supervising programmers from countries such as India.
Right off the bat, regardless of competence, you must deal with language and cultural barriers.
“Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers
It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max crisis: how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors.
The Max software — plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after U.S. regulators this week revealed a new flaw — was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs.
Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have relied on temporary workers making as little as $9 an hour to develop and test software, often from countries lacking a deep background in aerospace — notably India.
In offices across from Seattle’s Boeing Field, recent college graduates employed by the Indian software developer HCL Technologies Ltd. occupied several rows of desks, said Mark Rabin, a former Boeing software engineer who worked in a flight-test group that supported the Max.
The coders from HCL were typically designing to specifications set by Boeing. Still, “it was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code,” Rabin said. Frequently, he recalled, “it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly.”
Based on resumes posted on social media, HCL engineers helped develop and test the Max’s flight-display software, while employees from another Indian company, Cyient Ltd., handled software for flight-test equipment.”