There Are No Mistakes, Only Lessons: The Don Quixote Complex

By Terry Little Prelude to a Mistake I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my career, but the one that I think of as providing the greatest learning opportunities occurred while I was program manager of a large Department of Defense (DoD) project designated by Congress as an acquisition reform program.

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Mentoring: Teaching What It Means to Be a Leader

By Terry Little Recently I chaired a panel interviewing candidates to fill an S.E.S. position within the Missile Defense Agency.

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Passing the Baton: Lessons In Regret

By Terry Little I have led six major defense acquisition programs during my civil service career.

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Sink or Swim

By Terry Little The traditional view of career development in the government goes something like this: Start your career as a functional apprentice.

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Requirements: The More the Better?

By Terry Little For as long as I can remember, we in the Department of Defense have based our development programs on user requirements.

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Prototyping “Rope-a-Dopes” and Other Pitfalls

By Terry Little My experience, both first- and second-hand, has been that people have misused prototyping almost as often as they have used it wisely.

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Project Management: The Television Show

By Terry Little Contrary to what my wife would say, I don’t watch much television. I do, however, regularly watch one show on the Learning Channel—the reality series called Trauma: Life in the E.R.

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Speed Merchants

Speed Merchants

A Conversation with W. Scott Cameron and Terry Little We’re all interested in quality, but if we can’t deliver a project on time, quality becomes a moot point.

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