In a recent podcast of .Net rocks (at 45 minutes 29 seconds), regarding the future of software craftsmanship, it is postulated that there will be an 'Iron Ring Event' (if I heard it correctly). From the context it seems that this is an event where very bad things happen due to poor workmanship. Is this is a common term? What is its origin? What does it mean?
It probably refers to the collapse of the Quebec Bridge:
Outside of the North American (Canadian, in particular) engineering community, I would be surprised if this were a commonly understood reference. Note that it is about more than just a reference to bad workmanship, it is a reflection on the need for professional responsibility (although based on the context OP provided in a comment, it was probably just a macabre joke).
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