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October 25th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

“All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jerry Madden retired from NASA in 1995 as Associate Director of Flight Projects at Goddard Space Flight Center.
During his distinguished 37-year career, he have collected more than 100 observations about project management

IMHO, these are the best three:

(#14) Never ask management to make a decision that you can make. Assume you have the authority to make decisions unless you know there is a document that states unequivocally that you cannot.

// I have deleted the last part since I really think that people should strive to make decisions even if there is a document that states that you can’t…

(#16) Never make excuses; instead, present plans of actions to be taken

// IMHO, NO Results with a GOOD excuse will never even resemble Results

(#59) Running does not take the place of thinking. For yourself, you must take time to smell the roses. For your work, you must take time to understand the consequences of your actions.

//You better THINK!

Tags: Leadership · Project Management · Software Management

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1  Pasha // Nov 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I like # 60
    Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. It is also occasionally the best help you can give. Just listening is all that is needed on many occasions. You may be the boss but, if you constantly have to solve someone’s problems, you are working for him.

    and #104
    There are still some individuals who think important decisions are made in meetings. This is rarely the case. Normally, the decision-makers meet over lunch or have a brief meeting to decide the issue and than (at a meeting called to discuss the issue) make it appear that the decision is made as a result of this discussion.

  • 2  PM Hut // Jan 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

    “Never ask management to make a decision that you can make”, “Engineers are born optimists” and “In political decisions, do not look for logic — look for politics”

    Are priceless tips.

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