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Well, the Shuttle went up today, the first ever Independence Day launch. Some of you might enjoy this:

"Jerry Madden, Associate Director of the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, collected these gems of wisdom over a number of years from various unidentified sources. Rod Stewart of Mobile Data Services in Huntsville, Alabama edited and updated them. I found and kept a copy of these during the early nineties. Over time, the NASA link disappeared, so this version of the rules was posted to make sure that it stayed available.

Jerry was apparently well respected at NASA, and his list continued to circulate. One NASA site includes these comments: "Madden retired from NASA in 1995 as Associate Director of Flight Projects at Goddard Space Flight Center. Considered by many of his peers to be one of NASA's premiere project managers, Madden's reputation for frank, on-target observations of project management continues to be celebrated today, as his list of lessons is handed down to a new generation of project managers. Naturally, not all of Madden's wisdom made it into his '100 Lessons Learned for Project Managers.' Marty Davis, who worked under Madden at Goddard, recalls one of the unwritten lessons: "Show up early for all meetings; they may be serving doughnuts."

Maybe GM could use this guy.




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