...The accident was a result of engineers saying no, but management overriding the decision. With this introduction, Bob makes it quite clear that when we choose not to stand up for that which we believe, it can have dire consequences.
There are some things that bother me here. (And they should bug you too)
1. The engineers did indeed stand up by saying no, but authority didn't give a fuck. In the end the engineers did not have control of the project.
2. The engineers didn't merely believe, they knew. I'm sure there were test results and rigorous math involved. Yes, I understand the terms are too often used interchangeably but it's important to know the distinction. When some yahoo stands up for his belief in, I don't know, let's say, god, there is big difference. Belief does not require proof.
When you stand up for something you can't prove, that can have dire consequences as well.
Granted, this writer is a former preacher, and it shows.