Highlights – Issue 27, Summer 2007

Working with Nuts Running Loose

Flexibility and communication made this collaboration between NASA and the Naval Research Lab successful.
By Lee Graham

Living with the Contractor

Being there is the only sure way to understand and influence a contractor’s work.
By Edward Ingraham

Making a Deep Impact on Science

Deep Impact’s successful rendezvous with a comet was the payoff for persistent efforts to maintain understanding between project teams.
By Rick Grammier

Featured Invention: Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool

Discussions with controllers, dispatchers, and pilots helped Ames researchers build an innovative air traffic tool.
By Johanna Schultz

Crossing Boundaries to Build Change

A program at the Defense Intelligence Agency seeks ideas that bridge gaps between parts of the organization.
By Adrian Wolfberg and John T. O’Connor

Searching for Life on Mars; Managing a Difficult Project on Earth

To get an important scientific instrument ready in time for launch, Viking managers shifted from inattention to “over-attention.”
By Matthew Kohut

Space Mission Excellence Program: Launching Systems Engineers at Glenn

A mock preliminary design review helps program participants develop systems engineering skills.
By Kerry Ellis

CompanyCommand: A Professional Community That Works

This online community thrives thanks to its critical value and a core team that actively encourages and acknowledges participation.
By Dr. Nancy M. Dixon

Democratizing Knowledge at NASA and Elsewhere

Do blogs, wikis, and other democratic knowledge tools have a role to play in NASA decision making?
By Thomas H. Davenport

Interview with Bob Seamans

The former NASA deputy administrator reflects on the importance of in-house expertise, the Apollo 1 fire, and how leaders learn what’s happening in their organizations.
By Don Cohen

Sustaining NASA’s Safety Culture Shift

Openness to learning from experience is the key to safety improvement.
By David G. Rogers

Creating the Future

Achieving ambitious goals depends on both clarity and commitment.
By John McCreight

Viewpoint: Lunar Opportunities

A leading planetary scientist says returning to the moon will help develop knowledge and technology essential to future space exploration.
By Paul D. Spudis

ASK Magazine, Issue 27, Summer 2007

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