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

Charles J. Pellerin

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Hardcover. Every successful organization needs high-performance teams to compete and succeed. Yet, technical people are often resistant to traditional touchy-feely teambuilding. To improve communica.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 261 pages. 0.499. Bookseller Inventory # 9780470456484

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Title: How NASA Builds Teams: Mission Critical Soft...

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

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Every successful organization needs high-performance teams tocompete and succeed. Yet, technical people are often resistant totraditional "touchy-feely" teambuilding.

To improve communication, performance, and morale amongNASA’s technical teams, former NASA Astrophysicist Dr.Charlie Pellerin developed the teambuilding process described in"How NASA Builds Teams"—an approach that is proven,quantitative, and requires only a fraction of the time andresources of traditional training methods. This "4-D" process hasboosted team performance in hundreds of NASA project teams,engineering teams, and management teams, including the peopleresponsible for NASA’s most complexsystems — the Space Shuttle, space telescopes,robots on Mars, and the mission back to the moon. How NASABuilds Teams explains how the 4-D teambuilding process can beapplied in any organization, and includes a fast, free on-linebehavioral assessment to help your team and the individual membersunderstand each other and measure the key driver of teamperformance, the social context.

Moreover, these simple, logical processes appeal strongly totechnical teams who eschew "touchy-feely" training. Pellerinapplies simple, elegant principles from his physics background tothe art teambuilding, such as the use of a coordinate system toanalyze the characteristics of team performance into actionableelements.

The author illustrates the teambuilding process withentertaining stories from his decade as NASA’s Director forAstrophysics and subsequent 15 years of working closely with NASAand outside business teams. For example, he tells how the processesin the book enabled him to initiate the space mission to fix theHubble Space Telescope’s flawed mirror.

Free downloadable resources will help you:

  • Identify your teammates’ innate personalities
  • Diagram your culture (And compare it to yourcustomer’s)
  • Measure the coherency of your project’s paradigm (Getthis wrong and you will be fired!) and
  • Learn to meet people’s need to feel valued by you.

Further, you can download and use Pellerin’s most powerfultool for influencing the outcome of any difficult situation: theContext Shifting Worksheet.

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

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

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

"This book is an extraordinary guide to building effective teamsto solve technical problems. The insights, based on years ofexperience in building teams for NASA, reveal a deep understandingof how technical people interact and can be motivated to work moreeffectively. Any organization where success requires a motivatedtechnical 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 thisbook has tools, attitudes, and habits that will help make you agreat project leader. It's really for any group that is tackling achallenging project, not just for NASA or space projects. Istrongly endorse this volume. I believe the reader will find itentertaining as well as a wonderful approach to forging a moresuccessful management team. When I developed and ran GPS, I wish ithad been available to me."
Brad Parkinson, chief architect of the Global PositioningSystem (GPS); Professor Emeritus, Astronautics, StanfordUniversity

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

"This book has become an integral part of my life. It provides aframework for improving not only your professional life but yourpersonal life as well."
John Morton, Vice President, Arctic Slope RegionalCorporation

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