Blog – Star Wars Rogue One

Star Wars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the newest film in the Star Wars franchise and depicts the planning and construction of the original Death Star.

The events of the film fit right into the middle of the Star Wars timeline, which will get even more complicated with several planned sequels and spinoffs hitting cinemas in the coming years. It follows on from the very first Star Wars, released in 1977, in which the Death Star famously destroyed Princess Leah’s home planet, Alderaan with a giant laser.

Spoiler alert! The Death Star doesn’t last very long. Thanks to Jyn Erso (daughter of the chap who made the Death Star) and a group of rebels, they manage to steal the blueprints which reveal it’s weakness.

Spoiler alert #2 – thanks to these plans Luke Skywalker (famous for being able to bull's-eye womp rats in his T-16 back home) was able to destroy the Death Star by firing two proton torpedoes, with some assistance from ‘the force’ into a thermal exhaust port on the surface of the Death Star. Once there, the torpedoes detonated, blowing up a good chunk of the main reactor and starting a catastrophic chain reaction, destroying the Death Star.

With this in mine we look at the 3 main factors which caused the Empire’s project to fail and provide some food for thought should they opt to build a third Death Star (3rd times a charmer).

Failure to recognise risk

General Tagge: “Until this station is operational, we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. They’re more dangerous than you realize.”

Admiral Motti: “Dangerous to your starfleet commander, not to this battle station.”

Invulnerable projects do not exist, as everyone on board the Death Star learned the hard way when the first Death Star was blown up by Luke Skywalker. If your project has a susceptible thermal exhaust port, you need to know about it — even if it is only two meters wide.

Food for thought for the Empire: No project is too big to fail, and no project is too small to risk. Conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify potential. Hazards and associated risks and implement suitable measures to mitigate those hazards from the project operations.

No Risk Management Strategy

Against all odds, the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star plans and found a weakness (spoiler alert: this is what Rouge One is all about). But the Empire didn’t do anything to mitigate the threat: no contingency plans, evacuations, or deploying a patrol of TIE fighter squadrons for defence of the Death Star. Instead, Tarkin shrugged it off — so certain in the Death Star’s invincibility that he didn’t even bother to get off once it was under attack by the Rebels.

Food for thought for the Empire: Identifying risk and keeping a wary eye isn’t enough. Be proactive in dealing with potential problems, respond quickly if they occur, and do what you can to keep them from happening in the first place. Identify the root cause of the issue and develop succinct strategies to eliminate those issues from your future operations.

Failure to reflect & learn from past mistakes

Someone once said, “the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” After the first Death Star was destroyed, the Emperor insisted on pushing full steam ahead on the construction of a second Death Star. Why? Although he made sure the thermal exhaust port weakness was fixed, he repeated many of the same mistakes: believing that a bigger Death Star with more firepower would ensure victory – bigger isn’t always better.

Food for thought for the empire: Hold a retrospective after each project. What worked well? What could be improved? Then take that knowledge and apply it to future projects.

Source: Callidus Health & Safety Ltd

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