Highlights – Issue 31, Summer 2008
Stories

International Cooperation: When 1 + 1 = 3

International project success depends on recognizing and respecting differences.
By Toshifumi Mukai

A New Astronaut Seat: Teamwork and Individual Initiative

A homemade prototype helps the Orion seat design team reach the next level.
By Dustin Gohmert

Operation Burnt Frost: The Power of Social Networks

Thanks to informal professional networks, U.S. Strategic Command quickly got the knowledge it needed to intercept a falling satellite.
By Lucas Steinhauser and Scott Thon

Featured Invention: NASA Spinoff Technology Helps Detect Cardiovascular Disease

Developed to analyze images from space, JPL’s Video Image Communication and Retrieval software finds hidden heart attack risks.
By Daniel Lockney

Staying Motivated During Tough Times

Faced with funding cuts and an uncertain future, a Dryden project team uses camaraderie and humor to keep going.
By Jennifer Cole

Learning by Doing: A NASA–Capitol College Partnership

A college program extends the life of a NASA satellite and gives students hands-on experience.
By Ken Dolan

MESSENGER: Big Science in a Small Space

The MESSENGER project team meets the technical challenge of sending a low-cost mission to Mercury.
By Kerry Ellis
Insights

Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The director of the Hayden Planetarium talks about studying the planets to learn about Earth, NASA’s greatest accomplishment, and public perceptions of the Agency.
By Don Cohen

An Introduction to System Safety

A narrow focus on component reliability can miss the bigger picture: the safety of the system as a whole.
By Nancy Leveson

The Optimized Project Portfolio

An analytic overview of projects judges their contribution to an organization’s strategic goals.
By Michael A. Hall

What’s Ahead for Project Management

A roundtable discussion of the skills and training needed to manage complex projects.
By Matthew Kohut

Nothing Weak About It: Thriving in a Weak-Matrix Project Environment

Relying on communication and negotiation, the center focal helps manage the demands of large, multicenter projects.
By Keith L. Woodman

NASA CoLab: Creating a Space for Participatory Exploration

A small team at Ames builds a virtual workspace for collaboration within and beyond NASA.
By Matthew Kohut

ASK Magazine, Issue 31, Summer 2008

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