There is an old saying about no job is done until the paperwork is done.
This is often illustrated in a cartoon, but no matter how funny it is fundamentally true.
As we have grown, each step of the operation has accumulated paperwork. Everyone seem to think that something needs documented. It seems like a good idea at the time.
Management has ideas that need documented, Customers have test requirements that need documented. The government has forms that need filled out. It’s overwhelming but necessary and grows slowly. Usually….
Then there is the Factory Acceptance Tests. FAT for short – Most memorably associated with the “Blue Beasts” and their relatives. The most complex piece of equipment we ever designed and built. This unit requires (get ready) 125 pages of documentation to report the test. Weeks are spent testing, taking scope shots, doing scaling and analyzing, rewiring test fixtures, retaking data and all that crap.
And the crap goes to one person Jonathan Kung. He is the recipient of this month’s Employee of the month award. Thank you Jonathan for cleaning up the crap so we can get paid.