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How NASA Builds Teams: Mission Critical Soft Skills for Scientists, Engineers, and Project Teams

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Every successful organization needs high-performance teams to compete and succeed. Yet, technical people are often resistant to traditional "touchy-feely" teambuilding. To improve communication, performance, and morale among NASA's technical teams, former NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Charlie Pellerin developed the teambuilding process described in "How NASA Builds Teams"--an ap ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Wiley (first published June 3rd 2009)
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Vanessa
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Ugh. Here I thought this would be a book on the challenges specific to working with and managing technical teams, but it turned out to be just another generic "book supporting a consulting business", albeit one written by someone who used to work for NASA. Whoopee.

The first few chapters invite us to visit their website and fill out some self-assessments (which looked vague and bullshitty), and plant the idea of doing regular assessments and (of course) working with this company's system and coa
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Ivan
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't able to fully comprehend what is delivered by the book until got accustomed with Adizes's management styles classification. This book(and methodology) builds on rather similar concept of:
* Matching people attitudes to classes
* Assigning most efficient class of people according to a project stage / problem type / a customer type(e.g. bureaucratic people to work with government)
* Making people aware of the attitudes/matches so that they may compensate missing behaviours consciously

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Bridget
Sep 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Space exploration was not easily accomplished. One failed attempt after another proved this was not a task for the weak. Dr. Charles J. Pellerin was blamed for "leadership shortfall". All because of a teeny, tiny, little mishap. Luckily, he was able to redeem himself by fixing the telescope. Thanks to this advancement, he decided to look into forming better team relationships.

This was a very interesting book that included great tips for interacting with others. I think this would be especially h
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Harsha
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a good book, he teaches good techniques to deal with big and small teams, how to identify people with different potentials and how to put people with right variety of potentials in a team and set them for success.
All that is ok, but there is just toooooo much of marketing about his organization and his services, tooooo much, it is worse than TV and youtube advertisements.
I wish he had it under control, because we have paid money for the book, I did not get that in charity.
Tomas Bartl
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
The whole book just feels like self praise which is at least dubious when we take into account NASA as one of the least effective institutions out there. Whole social context assessment framework is simple at first, but gets unnecessarily complicated and various parts are in direct opposition to things stated before in the book.
John
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would classify this as "Teambuilding for Engineers". Although the book has a wealth of data it didn't seem to connect to me on a personal level.
Robert
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
The formula: write a book so you can promote your consulting practice. Some interesting insights, but really not worth it.
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