Learning and Unlearningfrom Remarkable Projects
is about four r emarkable projects:the Advanced Composition Explorer (NASA),the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (U.S.Air Force),the Pathfinder Solar-Powered Airplane(NASA),and the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (U.S.Air Force).Each project is pre-sented as a case study comprised of stories collectedfrom key members of the project teams.
The stories found in the book are includedwith the purpose of providing an effective learn-ing source for project management,encouragingthe unlearning of outdated project managementconcepts,and enhancing awareness of the contextssurrounding different projects.Significantly different from project conceptsfound in most project management literature,
highlights concepts like a will towin,a results-oriented focus,and collaborationthrough trust.All four project teams researched inthis study applied similar concepts;however,theyapplied them differently,tailoring them to fit thecontext of their own particular projects.It is clear that the “one best way”approach—which is stillthe prevailing paradigm in project managementliterature—should be replaced by a new para-digm:Even though general project managementprinciples exist,their successful applicationdepends on the specifics of the situation.
About the Authors:
Dr .Alex Laufer is the editor-in-chief of theNASA
Academy of Program and Project Leadershipmagazine,
ASK: Academy Sharing Knowledge
.He is amember of the Editorial Review Board of
Project Management Journal
,and has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the NASA Academy of Program and Project Leadership.Mr.Todd Post has been writing professionally for close to 20 years.From 2001 to 2003,he was editor of
magazine.Under his leadership,
expanded fr om a small electronic publication to afour-color print publication which has wonnumerous prizes for publication excellence,includ-ing two Blue Pencil Awards from the NationalAssociation of Government Communicators.
Dr.Ed Hoffman is the director of the NASAAcademy of Program and Project Leadership.Inthis capacity for the last 12 years,he has beenresponsible for the development of program andproject leaders and teams within NASA.Drs.Hoffman and Laufer are the co-authors of
Project Management Success Stories:Lessons of Project Leaders
LearningandUnlearningfromRemarkableProjectsDr. Alexander LauferTodd PostDr. Edward J. HoffmanForeword by Dr. Ronald A. Heifetz
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA History DivisionOffice of External RelationsWashington,DCJanuary 2005
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