Monthly Archives: June 2018

Outfox Murphy’s Law by Managing Your Project Assumptions — or Else!

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After NASA’s $125 million Mars Orbiter crashed during the landing phase, a later analysis showed that the spacecraft builders worked in the metric system. NASA assumed, but for some reason failed to verify, that the builders were using the English measurement system of feet and inches. Thus, the Orbiter’s computer contained bogus data and the …

The #1 Preventable Reason Projects Fail Before they even Begin is…

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Hopefully, something like this has never happened to you. The big boss assigns you what could be a career make or break a project and asks for a plan on her desk in three days. The project is bigger than those you’ve done before and outside your mainstream expertise. You begin by jotting down some …

My “Academy Award” speech was all about YOU!

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When I took the podium to accept my award, I began just like those fancy Hollywood actors. “I’d like to thank those who made in possible — my amazing students, the ten thousand managers, geeks, engineers, nuclear scientists, entrepreneurs, game designers, and other brainy folks who survived my unorthodox teaching style, and are now changing …

Overcoming Huge Obstacles Under Extreme Pressure…

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Imagine you worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical specialist, and you discovered there was the raw material for 20,000 radioactive dirty bombs in civilians hands… spread throughout the United States, and you were in charge of finding them. What would you do? Quick Facts: Over 20,0000 “sealed-source ” radioactive “fit in your pocket” sized …