Checkmate to Uncertainty

By Dr. Alexander Laufer Coping with project uncertainty requires, at times, surprising solutions. I recall a story related to me by a project manager that illustrates just such a solution.

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From the APPEL Director: Well on Our Way

By Ed Hoffman A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my office talking with my Deputy Director Tony Maturo. We were in a contemplative mood, discussing NASA’s then-recent run of prominent project failures.

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In This Issue: What Makes a Good Manager?

In This Issue: What Makes a Good Manager?

By Todd Post This issue of ASK we look at several projects that recovered from serious problems after a critical change was made in how they were managed.

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ASK Talks with Tom Gavin

ASK Talks with Tom Gavin

  You’ve been with JPL for 41 years. What were some of the early lessons you learned from the project managers you worked under?

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Managing History: A Practicum

By Stephen J. Garber In the summer of 2002, I was asked to serve as interim chief historian for NASA until a permanent replacement was hired.

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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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Transition Time: Zero

By W. Scott Cameron I had been in a technical/project management assignment about two years, when one day my boss asked me to come to his office to “discuss an opportunity.”

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APPL’s Project Management Development Process

The Project Management Development Process has been a great boost for my professional development.

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