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How NASA Builds Teams: Mission Critical Soft Skills for Scientists, Engineers, and Project Teams Hardcover – July 7, 2009
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To improve communication, performance, and morale among NASA's technical teams, former NASA astrophysicist Charles Pellerin developed the team-building process described in How NASA Builds Teams-an approach that is proven, quantitative, and requires only a fraction of the time and resources of traditional training methods.
Pellerin's "4-D" process has boosted team performance in hundreds of NASA project teams, engineering teams, and management teams, including the people responsible for NASA's most complex systems-the Space Shuttle, space telescopes, robots on Mars, and the mission back to the moon. How NASA Builds Teams explains how the 4-D team-building process can be implemented in any organization, and includes a fast, free online behavioral assessment to help your team and the individual members understand each other and measure the key driver of team performance: the social context.
Moreover, these simple, logical processes appeal strongly to technical teams who eschew traditional training. Pellerin applies simple, elegant principles from his physics background to the art of team building, such as the use of a coordinate system to analyze the characteristics of team performance into actionable elements.
The author illustrates the team-building process with entertaining stories from his decade as NASA's Director for Astrophysics and subsequent fifteen years of working closely with NASA and outside business teams. For example, he tells how the processes in the book enabled him to initiate the space mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope's flawed mirror.
The book includes a free download of Pellerin's most powerful tool for influencing the outcome of any difficult situation: the Context Shifting Worksheet. In addition, free downloadable resources will help you:
- Identify your teammates' innate personalities
- Diagram your culture-and compare it to that of your customer
- Measure the coherency of your project's paradigm-get this wrong and you will be fired
- Learn how authentic appreciation creates an atmosphere of mutual respect
From the Back Cover
"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
Top Customer Reviews
Franklin Cameron, Psy.D.
In highly technical cultures, because time is at a premium and the projects so large in scope, anything that isn't about getting the job done and done well is considered a distraction. So you can imagine how a flight project team might feel about having to take time out for a workshop focusing on soft skills--they would consider it an unnecessary, and unwelcome, distraction.
Yet those very workshops, which are based on the principles presented in How NASA Builds Teams, are consistently given outstanding scores by the participants, who say they consider the time well-spent. For busy people, that's one of the highest accolades.
Another indication of how well this material is received is that most participants choose to engage in one-on-one leadership coaching, one of the recommendations Pellerin offers in his book. Coaching coupled with regular, confidential assessments based on the 4-D approaches helps leaders get practical, useful results applying their insights and learning in real time.
In my consulting role providing project management to large-scale IT projects, and in my role as executive coach to high-performers, I am committed to helping these talented, passionate clients achieve measurable results. How NASA Builds Teams is a valued part of my coaching toolset. Using the material presented in this book can help your team or organization get the results you want as well.
As I advanced within NASA to become the Deputy Center Director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for almost 7 years, building successful teams became increasingly more important to me. Fortunately, that's when Charlie Pellerin and I became re-acquainted. We had worked in the same office at NASA Headquarters in the early 80's, but then after Charlie left to go the University of Colorado, we had lost touch. But Charlie was back with his 4-D approach. So, I tried it on some projects at Goddard, e.g., LISA and STEREO. LISA was being implemented by Goddard, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the European Space Agency (ESA), where each of these organizations wanted to be in-charge, and where there were many large egos that needed to be continuously fed. But Charlie came in with his 4-D approach and made true magic.Read more ›
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I give these to coaching clients as an illustration of the leadership concepts.Published 1 month ago by Susan
In every project I undertake I now make sure I apply this system very carefully step by step. It saved me from the heartache of a big project failure, and it allowed me to get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dragos Bratasanu
"How NASA Builds Teams" by Charles J. Pellerin is a must read for anyone involved in a technical project. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seymour Bell
Steven Covey meets Einstein. This book combines some of the same personality issues that made Covey famous years back with a quantitative approach to really taking effective... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jimd
Thus book outlines the different ways that teams can be managed, individual personality types and is an interesting story as well.Published 16 months ago by J. C. Pellerin
A practical and useful guide on how to improve the effectiveness of teams - especially when used with the free online tools.Published 21 months ago by Sutec13
This is a book for people who care equally for themselves and everyone else. It reaches into discussions of your core personality "4-D" dimensions (which the author calls:... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Troy Klein