3 In This Issue
By Don Cohen
4 From the APPEL Director
By Ed Hoffman
53 ASK Bookshelf
54 The Knowledge Notebook
By Laurence Prusak
56 ASK Interactive
11 Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson
By Don Cohen The director of the Hayden
Planetarium talks about studying the planets to learn about Earth, NASA’s greatest accomplishment, and public perceptions of the Agency.
20 An Introduction to System Safety
By Nancy Leveson
A narrow focus on component reliability can miss the bigger picture: the safety of the system as a whole.
32 The Optimized Project Portfolio
By Michael A. Hall
An analytic overview of projects judges their contribution to an organization’s strategic goals.
39 What’s Ahead for Project Management
By MattHew Kohut
A roundtable discussion of the skills and training needed to manage complex projects.
47 Nothing Weak About It: Thriving in a Weak-Matrix Project Environment
By Keith L. Woodman
Relying on communication and negotiation, the center focal helps manage the demands of large, multicenter projects.
50 NASA CoLab: Creating a Space for Participatory Exploration
By Matthew Kohut
A small team at Ames builds a virtual workspace for collaboration within and beyond NASA.
5 International Cooperation: When 1 + 1 = 3
By Toshifumi Mukai
International project success depends on recognizing and respecting differences.
8A New Astronaut Seat: Teamwork and Individual Initiative
By Dustin Gohmert
A homemade prototype helps the Orion seat design team reach the next level.
17 Operation Burnt Frost: The Power of Social Networks
By Lucas Steinhauser and Scott Thon
Thanks to informal professional networks, U.S. Strategic Command quickly got the knowledge it needed to intercept a falling satellite.
25 NASA Spinoff Technology Helps Detect Cardiovascular Disease
By Daniel Lockney
Developed to analyze images from space, JPL’s Video Image Communication and Retrieval software finds hidden heart attack risks.
28 Staying Motivated During Tough Times
By Jennifer Cole
Faced with funding cuts and an uncertain future, a Dryden project team uses camaraderie and humor to keep going.
35 Learning by Doing: A NASA–Capitol College Partnership
By Ken Dolan
A college program extends the life of a NASA satellite and gives students hands-on experience.
44 MESSENGER: Big Science in a Small Space
By Kerry Ellis
The MESSENGER project team meets the technical challenge of sending a low-cost mission to Mercury.
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