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Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success by [Pyle, Rod]
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"A gripping history of NASA... Riveting ... [the] writing is suberb." Library Journal 20140501

About the Author

Rod Pyle led leadership training at NASA's Johnson Space Center for C-Suite executives. he has written extensively on space exploration and the inner workings of NASA and similar institutions. Pyle is a frequent contributor to the huffi ngton Post and Space.com, as well as other space-related media outlets. His documentaries on NASA have appeared on the History Channel and other major television outlets. Pyle is a popular speaker whose radio interviews are heard worldwide.


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  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA4J9D2
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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Until reading and then re-reading this book, almost everything I knew about the U.S. government's National Aeronautical and Space Administration was based on what I learned from two films, The Right Stuff and Apollo 13. What I find remarkable, almost unbelievable, is that so much (if not most) of what I learned from the material provided by Rod Pyle can be of substantial value to leaders in almost any organization, whatever its size and nature may be. When required by circumstances, almost all organizations need to be bold when responding to threats and opportunities, sufficiently daring when challenging the status quo, and passionate about what they do and how they do it.

As Pyle suggests, "During the space race, NASA's golden age to many observers, innovation was encouraged in a number of ways. First came need-based innovation: the task set before the agency in 196 [by then President John Kennedy] was so vast, so demanding, that the new and original became commonplace...The second was innovation at the end of a sharp stick...when there simply was neither the time nor the resources [for additional verification]...Finally, there was innovation of the more blue-sky variety... innovative mission that were flown only on paper for years, with one notable exception being Skylab."

Pyle makes skillful use of several reader-friendly devices that include these:

o At the beginning of Chapters 1-17, a set of "Challenges" to create a context, a frame of reference, for initiatives needed to ask questions, solve problems, etc.
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Full of useful information for todays inspiring innovator.
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NASA, the well-known American government space agency, has a reputation for innovation and pushing the technical envelope over time. Sadly it also has a bit of a reputation for waste, bureaucracy and inefficiency in some quarters that even crosses over into the mainstream press. To be fair, the criticisms usually focus on the higher executive levels of the organization where the praise is centered around the people who predominantly do the work.

You don’t need to be particularly interested in space exploration to get the most out of this book but should you ALSO have an interest here then you may get a great additional bonus. The book sets out to give organizational examples that can translate into success for any business, based around NASA’s own experiences. In all, it was quite fascinating.

Covering individual missions and challenges, each chapter starts with defining a few problems, requirements or tasks before looking at how NASA managed to provide a solution. The book is written in a fairly light, open style so you are not going to need to be an expert on quantum mechanics or space technology to understand things. If you are looking for a behind-the-scenes exposé of the F-1 rocket engine programme then this is not the book for you. Yet you might still learn some good, general information along the way.This is one of those books that you probably should read sequentially to get the most out of it. It is not going to give you a recipe for success and innovation like a cook book – you need to interpret the information, consider its message and implement it into your own programmes but that is not a bad thing either. Maybe you won’t discover a life-changing “ah-ha!
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I'm sure I was not the only boy dreaming of being an astronaut back in the 70's and 80's. Space exploration was booming. Looking back NASA has generated a lot of innovations and lessons for modern businesses as well. In Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success, Rod Pyle, having access to many brass, distilled the ways to innovate using memorable moments in the agency's history. From the early days of Werner von Braun's modernization of World War II German V2 rockets, attempts to keep up with the USSR, through Gemini, Voyager, Apollos flying to the moon, building Skylab en International Space Station to Mars landers and of course the Space Shuttle program.
Billions and billions of dollars spent on new technology, exploring the unknown, testing and improvising. What made the difference? Sometimes low-level decision power, the subject matter experts, sometimes tightening budgets or a clear mandate on behalf of the U.S. Government. Once you understand the huge technological challenges and forget 21st century computer power and the almost unnoticed robustness of the ISS and Voyagers, the thousands of satellites monitoring Earth from orbit, you're impressed chapter after chapter. What did it take to develop the giant Saturn V booster rocket, a Space Shuttle or Mars Rover? Each topic is introduced by a set of challenges which are revisited at the end.
After the final chapter on modern commercial types of space exploration, manned and unmanned missions to the Moon, Mars, etc. Pyle summarizes the way innovation was made possible once again. Well-written, daring to challenge you and pinpointing the human factors in all these technical stuff, providing lessons for all of us.
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