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Outsourcing, ctd.

This post from Felix Salmon nicely illustrates my reservations about outsourcing. Salmon highlights a great LA Times article that details the problems Boeing has had with the 787 program. My favorite quote:

That’s not to say that outsourcing never makes sense — it’s a good way to make use of the precision skills of specialty manufacturers, which would be costly to duplicate. But Boeing’s experience shows that it’s folly to think that every dollar spent on outsourcing means a cost savings on the finished product.

RPO customers beware.

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