Hazards and Risk
Speaker: Mike Badger
7.30pm Main Talk
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Everything we do carries risk. If we did not take risks, then we would not get out of bed in the morning. But how do we make risk based decisions? What is a risk worth taking? Does risk management impede or enable things to happen? Does Agile's approach to project management and software development in fact endanger the safety of an organization’s projects? How can the management of safety risk be 'agile' – would this not be conflicting? These are a few questions will be considered in the course of this presentation, along with some introductory teaching to the assessment of risk and its application to highly integrated or complex systems and software.
Now part time safety engineering consultant, homelessness support worker and volunteer chaplain, Mike started his career working in the engineering design office as a graduate mechanical engineer working at Lucas Aerospace, formerly Hobsons of Wolverhampton, in the days when C-17A and EFA (now Typhoon) were both in their design stage. He worked on a range of Airbus primary and secondary flight control systems, and became the recognised safety engineering 'expert' at Lucas as Chief Safety and Reliability Engineer. Following the B767 Air Lauda accident caused by an in-flight thrust reverser deployment, he was involved in systems studies to enhance thrust reverser safety resulting eventually in a 'tertiary lock' design which was incorporated onto many aircraft engines. He has since worked on a large variety of mostly safety-critical projects, from Nuclear Fuel dry stores to automatic train door opening systems. In more recent years, Mike was the Capability Leader for Heavy Aircraft Safety Engineering at QinetiQ Boscombe Down, then Head of Safety for all aircraft platforms that QinetiQ were engaged in supporting. Most recently he has led a team of safety engineers supporting the C-130J fleet of in-service aircraft, and provided safety engineering support to the QEC Aircraft Carrier Integrated Platform Management System.