You have been assigned to lead a design team that has been tasked to make your company’s
washing machine more user friendly. It takes you and your team close to two years to take your idea
from the design phase to the testing phase. Testing initially is successful and everyone on the team is
excited as this new technology will bring your company to the forefront of the home appliance
industry. As team lead this will be quite an accomplishment for you. As you go over some of the
testing data you realise that one of the smaller yet more integral parts being used will significantly
impact the life cycle of the product. You are devasted but decide not to share this with your team
while you spend time trying try to come up with an alternative solution. A solution finally comes to
you however this solution is likely to cost the company a significant amount of money and delay the
product release by up to a year. This part only impacts the life cycle of the product and not its
performance or safety.
It its possible that his could impact the way you are perceived by company management as in the
past they have been intolerant of project delays and over expenditure.
Points to consider:
1. Do you take this costly and timely issue to your manager or do you proceed knowing the
reduced life-cycle of this washing machine can never be linked back to you?
2. What is the rationale for making your decision and how will it impact your relationship with
(What would you do and why did you do it?)
You are required to answer both questions in one paragraph. (Word count 250 words)