Are You on This Team?

Are You on This Team?

One day, on an impulse, I asked the 80 or so folks working for me the following question in a staff meeting: “Say I was to line up everyone here by the degree to which each person was pulling his or her weight in supporting the overall team; where would you be in the line?

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Going and Coming

By W. Scott Cameron Presently, I am in the process of adding and subtracting Project Management responsibilities to and from my current assignment, and I am developing strategies to execute these changes.

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Hangar Bash

Hangar Bash

By Ray Morgan Nobody wishes for misfortune or accidents, but if you’re not too proud, and you understand that plenty of great developments stem from a botched plan or someone’s initial missteps, you begin to look for growth potential in accidents too.

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When To Say No

When To Say No

By David Collins Early in my career, I was asked to finish instrumenting the Hubble Space Telescope as it traveled from California to Kennedy Space Center.

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A Good Fellow

By Dr. Arnold Marder This year my friend Arlan Benscoter received one of the highest honors in the field of metallography. Arlan was awarded a fellowship by ASM International,* and he richly deserved it.

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The One Thing You Need to Know

The One Thing You Need to Know

By Dougal Maclise A Mission Defined At the flight readiness review the day before we were scheduled to fly, I had to stand up and say, “We need a flight to know if we’re ready.”

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Even Politics Is Project Work

Even Politics Is Project Work

By Julie A. Pollitt Why put my career at NASA on hold for a year to become a Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill?

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Applying General Principles to Unique Situations

Good project managers understand that it is important to involve the customer in the project deeply. Involvement can mean a lot of things, but generally it requires the project manager to listen to and be responsive to the customer’s needs.

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