Highlights – Issue 1
  • How to Say No

    How to Say No


    Put ‘N’ and ‘O’ together and you may just have the most powerful word in the English language. Since becoming a project manager, I have learned that using this word is often associated with project success.

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  • SHAZAM and His Mentor

    SHAZAM and His Mentor


    It’s amazing how the things you learn growing up stick with you. Take my introduction early in life with mentoring. I was introduced to this concept in a 1970s Saturday morning television show called “Shazam.”

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  • Tough Questions


    Driving back to my hotel, I felt exhausted. I had just spent four days at the Defense Systems Management College, meeting with 12 small groups of program management students to discuss a case study they had just completed.

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Stories

From Apprenticeship to Management


Twice in my NASA career I have had the opportunity to mentor young assistant mission mangers. In my mind, three conditions must exist right away between a mentor and mentee.
By Tony O’Neil

How Did I Get Here?


I was fortunate growing up to have had many fine mentors. What has been different about my NASA experience is that I have had to seek out my mentors.
By Charlie Stegemoeller

Mentors Come in All Shapes and Sizes


I was a new engineer at one of NASA's contractor sites, straight out of college and ready to conquer the Agency.
By Dr. Michelle Collins

Natural Relationship


Contrary to the stereotype of the aged veteran taking the younger mentee under his wing, it can work the other way around too.
By Michael C. Jansen
Insights

How to Say No


Put 'N' and 'O' together and you may just have the most powerful word in the English language.
By John Hrastar

SHAZAM and His Mentor


It's amazing how the things you learn growing up stick with you. Take my introduction early in life with mentoring.
By W. Scott Cameron

Tough Questions


I had just spent four days at the Defense Systems Management College discussing a case study with 12 small groups of program management students. As I drove back to my hotel, I asked myself, "Was it worth it?"
By Terry Little

Supplier Integration


A mission's success often depends on the performance of our suppliers. In a very real sense, suppliers perform relative to how well they are integrated within the larger team.
By Richard Day

Rapid Prototyping


Rapid Prototyping is a viable approach to product development on projects and initiatives whose success depends on a significant amount of customer input.
By Kern Witcher

ASK Talks with Elizabeth Citrin


Project manager on the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) mission at Goddard Space Flight Center talks about her biggest challenge in managing a large project.

ASK Magazine, Issue 1

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