Stories as Agents for Change

By Dr. Alexander Laufer Stories are Just for Children In 1971, when I started my career as an engineer, I would have laughed if somebody had told me that I would compose three professional books and lead a professional magazine for NASA — all focusing on stories.

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From the APPEL Director: Understanding Who WE Are

By Ed Hoffman “The path to greatness is along with others.” — Baltasar Gracian, Oracular Manual

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In This Issue: No Dog and Pony Shows, Thank You

By Todd Post Not everyone looks forward to reviews. “Dog and pony shows” I’ve heard them called. Exercises in putting together PowerPoint charts.

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ASK Talks with Terry Little

Many managers are afraid to do unorthodox things. You’re not. How do you get away with it?

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Data Memos

By Jeff Bauer Background When I came on board the Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor (ERAST) Project, first as Chief Engineer and later as Deputy Project Manager, there was a lot to keep track of — four flight projects and numerous technology development initiatives.

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Horse Trading

By Marty Davis Background Successful commercial contractors (e.g., Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Space Systems/Loral) build lots of very good commercial communication systems satellites, and that happens to be the class of satellite we’re using in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Program.

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The Hour Glass and the Project Manager Part 1

By W. Scott Cameron Over the last eight years I have had the privilege of mentoring over 20 Project Managers (PMs). Since then, I have found myself thinking of the PM’s job in terms of an hourglass.

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Trading on Trust

By Terry Little When I was a young project manager, my boss pulled me into his office to tell me I needed to convert our cost-reimbursable development contract to fixed price.

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