How NASA Builds Teams: Mission Critical Soft Skills for Scientists, Engineers, and Project Teams [NOOK Book]

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Includes Free Online Team and Individual Assessments to Measure and Improve Your Team's Culture

"Dr. Pellerin knows how NASA works, from long experience with the organization. What he has learned about how NASA puts together teams to attain out-of-this-world goals can help you and your organization achieve your own goals. This is a book well worth studying."
Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Head of NASA, 2005-2009

"As a NASA program manager, I saw our teams make quantum leaps in ...

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Overview

Includes Free Online Team and Individual Assessments to Measure and Improve Your Team's Culture

"Dr. Pellerin knows how NASA works, from long experience with the organization. What he has learned about how NASA puts together teams to attain out-of-this-world goals can help you and your organization achieve your own goals. This is a book well worth studying."
Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Head of NASA, 2005-2009

"As a NASA program manager, I saw our teams make quantum leaps in improvement using Pellerin's 4-D system. Later, as a senior NASA leader, I witnessed an organization-wide transformation as the 4-D team-building system took root in our culture. I can endorse this book in the strongest possible terms, but what matters more is the experience of thousands of engineers and scientists whose careers and lives have been positively affected by 4-D."
Rex D. Geveden, former chief engineer, NASA

"This book is an extraordinary guide to building effective teams to solve technical problems. The insights, based on years of experience in building teams for NASA, reveal a deep understanding of how technical people interact and can be motivated to work more effectively. Any organization where success requires a motivated technical staff will benefit from this book."
Dr. Len Fisk, Head of Space Science, NASA, 1985-1992

"Great projects demand great leadership. The 4-D process in this book has tools, attitudes, and habits that will help make you a great project leader. It's really for any group that is tackling a challenging project, not just for NASA or space projects. I strongly endorse this volume. I believe the reader will find it entertaining as well as a wonderful approach to forging a more successful management team. When I developed and ran GPS, I wish it had been available to me."
Brad Parkinson, chief architect of the Global Positioning System (GPS); Professor Emeritus, Astronautics, Stanford University

"By teaching us how to understand our customer's mind-set and then to authentically shape our team's offering in response, Pellerin helped us win three major competitive proposals worth $9 billion. His 4-D approach helps team members achieve superior results-and in the process, live richer and more compassionate lives."
Greg Davidson, Northrop Grumman Space Technology

"This book has become an integral part of my life. It provides a framework for improving not only your professional life but your personal life as well."
John Morton, Vice President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470502952
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles J. Pellerin holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the former director of NASA's Astrophysics Division, where he oversaw an annual budget of $750 million, launched a dozen satellites, and led the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also Professor of Leadership in the business school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I: UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYZING CONTEXT.

CHAPTER 1 Think You Can Ignore Context? Hubble’s Flawed Mirror Might Wake You Up.

CHAPTER 2 Managing Social Context Manages Technical Performance.

CHAPTER 3 The 4-D System: A Simple Tool to Analyze Team and Individual Performance.

PART II: USING 4-D ASSESSMENTS AND REPRESENTATIVE RESULTS FROM NASA.

CHAPTER 4 The 4-D Assessment Process.

CHAPTER 5 NASA’s 4-D Teambuilding Results.

PART III: 4-D DIAGNOSTICS: HOW TO COLOR CODE YOUR TEAM’S CONTEXT.

CHAPTER 6 Using the 4-D System to Color Your Personalities.

CHAPTER 7 Using the 4-D System to Analyze Cultures.

CHAPTER 8 Incoherent Project Mindset Colors? Update Your Resume.

PART IV: SHIFTING THE CONTEXT.

CHAPTER 9 The Context Shifting Worksheet (CSW).

CHAPTER 10 Red Story-Lines Limit Team Performance.

CHAPTER 11 Manage Your Emotions to Manage Your Team’s Energy.

CHAPTER 12 People Need to Feel Appreciated by You.

CHAPTER 13 Mine the Gold in Your Shared Interests.

CHAPTER 14 People Need to Feel Included by You.

CHAPTER 15 Building Trustworthy Contexts.

CHAPTER 16 Creating the Future You Want.

CHAPTER 17 Your Team Can’t Afford Drama.

CHAPTER 18 Don’t Put Good People in Bad Places.

Epilogue: Hubble’s Legacy.

References.

Index.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    This teambuilding process works!

    As an OD and learning consultant for nearly 20 years, this is the only approach to teambuilding that I have discovered that consistently transforms teams and has quantitative evidence to prove it. With a 'team shifting context', Dr. Pellerin provides leaders and their teams with tools that are easily put into practice - and much more effective and efficient than individual training. The examples in his book are interesting and relatable for any project team member, and as a bonus, he offers free downloable resources.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    A blueprint for team success!

    This book offers a simple (yet profound), immediately applicable process to support positive team experiences and excellent team outcomes - relevant for all stages of team formation/evolution. Don't wait to use it for the "autopsy" of why your team wasn't successful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

    Voluntarily Used by Aerospace Professionals

    The book has evidence and data to show the extent of voluntary usage and the resulting impact on teams' performance. The population of aerospace professionals is highly educated (techincally), experienced, skeptical and suspicious of other professions "helping" them.

    Since the authour is "one of them," his concepts, language and methods are accepted and credible. I believe the book and related brief assessments will be a strong source of performance advantage, just when society desparately needs valuable contributions from technical teams with such advanatage.

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