|This new Humvee has a chimney that directs some of the explosive impact of a bomb|
What separates great project managers from mediocre ones is what they do when they are faced with an obstacle. If they stop, turn around and look for management to tell them how to deal with the obstacle, they won't succeed. The great project managers will go around the obstacle, over the obstacle, under the obstacle or through the obstacle. And they'll keep doing this with all the obstacles they find until the project is successful.
Yesterday I found a new way to deal with obstacles: let the obstacle go right through you.
Look at what Humvee did when they found that their trucks were vulnerable to the roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other manufacturers have tried beefing up the armor plating or used V-shaped undercarriages to deflect the explosive blast. Humvee has installed a 'chimney' that directs the force of the explosion right through the vehicle and out the top.
|A defence department blast test.|
For more details, read the Times article. I love how they were inspired by things like the fibers that link surf-boarders to kite sails and rock-climbing devices to solve a problem that is the biggest killer of American troops.