Management as Improvisation

By Dr. Alexander Laufer Things are supposed to work a certain way — and then there’s what really happens.

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From the APPEL Director: Surf’s Up

By Ed Hoffman Saturday morning and I could be at the gym, doing something healthy. Instead, I’m sweating away as I perform surgery on my Dell computer.

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In This Issue: One-of-a-Kind, Two Ways

By Todd Post Though each issue of ASK Magazine addresses the concerns of project management, this issue, like all previous issues, is a one-of-a-kind product filled with the unique and often innovative insights of individual project practitioners.

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ASK Talks with Donald Margolies

ASK Talks with Donald Margolies

Since 1963, Donald Margolies has served in a number of management positions at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and in 1998 received NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.

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Lessons from the Dark Side

By Jerry Madden From Jerry Madden’s “100 Lessons Learned for Project Managers“ “Not all successful managers are competent and not all failed managers are incompetent,” reads Jerry Madden’s lesson #21.

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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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See Attachment

By W. Scott Cameron “Seductive” is a word rarely associated with project management. An expression like “24/7,” on the other hand, is all too familiar.

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Tipping the Balance

By Claire Smith I come from a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania — from a culture and a community where in order to get your needs met, you had to be an activist.

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