Academy Bookshelf: Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   So you say you have a strategy. Richard Rumelt asks if it’s any good.

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Kevin Fisher, software systems engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center.
Young Professional Brief: Kevin Fisher

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   Kevin Fisher made his entrance into systems engineering as a freshman on a team of seniors.

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Project HOPE: The Story Begins
Video Case Study Project HOPE The Story Begins

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   A young team of engineers had one year and a lot to learn before getting their rocket off the ground.

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Workers study Hubble’s main, eight-foot (2.4 m) mirror. The flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope’s optics was due in part to reductions in testing to save money.
ASK Magazine Archive: Success, Failure, and NASA Culture

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   The root causes of failure are often cultural, not technical, according to Dr. Stephen B. Johnson.

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The prime crew of Apollo 1, Virgil I "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White, II, and Roger B. Chaffee, during training in Florida. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Apollo 1 – Abandon in Place

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   Forty-five years ago this month, a cry let out from the Apollo 1 capsule, “There’s a fire in here.”

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2011 APPEL Annual Publications
Academy Brief: Annual Publications Released

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   The Academy’s annual publications highlight its efforts to serve the NASA workforce.

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The International Space Station can be seen as a small object in upper left of this image of the moon in the early evening Jan. 4 in the skies over the Houston area flying at an altitude of 390.8 kilometers (242.8 miles).
Message from the Academy Director: Is Strategy a Fool’s Errand?

January 26, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 1   Given the complexity of projects today, the limits of hindsight, and the human inability to predict the future, is strategy a waste of time?

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President John F. Kennedy in his historic message to a joint session of the Congress, on May 25, 1961 declared, "...I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
A Strategic Decision: Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous

January 26, 2012: Volume 5, Issue 1   Landing a man on the moon and safely returning him to Earth before the end of the decade came down to choosing the best strategy.

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