Highlights – Issue 13, August 2003

Smart Buying

How do you buy the best technology, when you don't even know what technology is out there?
By Steven A. Gonzalez

As Small as Possible

I showed the prototype to the customer and said, "This is the smallest switch we can make"
By Scott Tibbitts

Off the Charts

We came up with two basic concepts for landing: one was a traditional approach, the other was a wild idea
By Brian K. Muirhead

Dropping in on Mars

Airbags may seem like simple, low-tech products, but it was eye-opening to discover just how little we knew about them
By Tommaso P. Rivellini

Supplying the Giant

We partnered with a small company making baseball bats and golf club shafts. They had never built a military product
By Larry A. Lawson

Proof of Concept

Before anyone would consider a design incorporating inflatable wings, you had to know the concept was sound
By Jeffrey Bauer

Prototyping "Rope-a-dopes" and Other Pitfalls

It's OK for a prototype to fail. In fact" if there isn't a non-trivial likelihood of a failure" then why build a prototype at all?
By By Terry Little

An Old Dog and New Tricks

The young project manager was eager to experiment. I had never tried out this particular concept before" but it intrigued me
By By W. Scott Cameron

Right - Rapid - Rough

Instead of spending your time and resources speculating solutions and analyzing the problem" spend your time solving it
By By Dr. Craig Lawrence

The Storyboard's Big Picture

Graphic" sequential depictions give a quick project overview while breaking down the product into its major components
By By Cheryl A. Malloy and William Cooley

ASK Talks with Dr. Charles J. Pellerin

A former Director of Astrophysics for NASA considers what the Hubble Space Telescope failure taught him about leadership

ASK Magazine, Issue 13, August 2003

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