Highlights – Issue 25, Fall 2006

Managing a Critical, Fast-Turnaround Project

Clarity about the task and open communication helped speed development of a system required for the shuttle’s return to flight.
By Kim Ess

Finding a Way: The Spitzer Space Telescope Story

Openness to new ideas made it possible to launch the Spitzer telescope for a fraction of the original estimated cost.
By Johnny Kwok

Featured Invention: Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron

Nanotechnology is the key to a better way of leaching toxic chemicals from the environment.
By Johanna Schultz

Communicating Science

Communicating across scientific disciplines involves more than words.
By Dr. Richard E. Shope III

Performance as Promised: Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Proactive risk management and including the whole project team in design and development produce high performance and cost savings.
By Keith Hefner and Greg Davidson

Learning to Drive the Mars Rovers

3-D simulations and a months-long apprenticeship teach trainees to drive the Mars exploration rovers.
By Brian Cooper

Imagining the Future

Both organizations and the individuals in them need to think about how to manage their futures.
By W. Scott Cameron

MITRE: The Collaborative Landscape

How practice, culture, and technology combine to support knowledge sharing.
By Julie Gravallese, Ren Resch, Jean Tatalias, and Don Cohen

Interview with Eileen Collins

The shuttle commander reflects on learning, teamwork, and viewing Earth from space.
By Don Cohen

Growing Space Systems Engineers: The Key to Realizing the Vision for Space Exploration

Developing high- caliber space systems engineers depends on providing the right kind of hands-on experience.
By Robert D. Braun

Imagination, Motivation, and Leadership Make Visions Real

Great ideas and great leaders can motivate inspired work.
By Eugene S. Meieran and Harrison H. Schmitt

How Do You Make Good Managers Better?

To improve project manager training, SAIC defined project management excellence as a blend of education and experience, and the steps needed to acquire them.
By Michael A. Spatola

Seven Key Principles of Program and Project Success

NASA’s Organization Design Team says clear vision, good communication, and systems engineering expertise are among the essential ingredients of project success.
By Vincent J. Bilardo, Jr.

Everything I Needed to Know About Project Management I Learned in a Cockpit

Project managers can learn important lessons from experienced pilots.
By Ray W. Stratton

ASK Magazine, Issue 25, Fall 2006

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