On May 15, 1991, Brian Richards was assigned full time to Project Turn bolt by Fred Taylor, manager of the thermodynamics department. All work went smoothly for four and one-half of the five months necessary to complete this effort. Once a week Fred and Brian would chat about the status of Brian's work. Fred would always conclude their brief meeting with "You " re doing a fine job, Brian.
Keep it up. Do anything you have to do to finish this project." During the last month of the project Brian began receiving conflicting requests from the project office and the department manager as to the preparation of the final report. Compton told Brian Richards that the final report was to be assembled in view graph format (i. e. "bullet" charts) for presentation to the customer at the next technical interchange meeting. The project did not have the funding necessary for a comprehensive engineering report.
The thermodynamics department, on the other hand, has a policy that all engineering work done on new projects would be documented in a full and comprehensive report. This new policy had been implemented about one year ago when Fred Taylor became department manager. Rumor had it that Fred wanted formal reports so that he could put his name on them and either publish or present them at technical meetings. All work performed in the thermodynamics department required Taylor's signature before it could be released to the project office as an official company position. Upper level did not want its people to publish and therefore did not maintain a large editorial or graphic arts department. Personnel desiring to publish had to get the department manager's approval and, on approval, had to prepare the entire report themselves, without any, "overhead" help.
Since Taylor had taken over the reins as department head, he has presented three papers at technical meetings.