Human Error

Winter’s here and I just had a nasty attack of human error.  It’s festive bread time: this week was Thanksgiving Bread for all my American psychologists and, before you know it, it’ll be Christmas all the way. If you’re not baking it you’re planning and buying in stock.

Anyway, Thanksgiving Bread – all those expensive ingredients, pecans, cranberries, bourbon. Not a good bread to screw up. I suppose though, if you are going to make a mistake, you might as well err on the positive side.

I had 21 x 500g breads ordered (i.e. scaled at 600g). The mix produced three boxes which went in the fridge overnight. 6.00 a.m. Thursday scaled 12 loaves from the first box – thinks, something ain’t quite right here … Check the work sheet, seems OK.

An hour later start scaling the second box – start to accept something is way wrong. I couldn’t have entered the total on the wrong column, could I? My wonderful patent spreadsheet calculators are never wrong – provided you enter the data in the right column. And instead of putting the order in the 600g column, I’d put it in the 940g column …

Put simply, instead of the 21 I had paying customers for, I ended up with 34 loaves.
pile 0004 smallOh well, at least I didn’t enter it in the 2 Kilo column …

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