What Software Project Managers Can Learn From NASA


I think we can all agree that when it comes to building stuff, NASA has a long history of knowing what it’s doing. That doesn’t just apply to rockets and spaceships and cool hardware like that; NASA also has a pretty good track record of building high functioning and pretty reliable software. So, when NASA gives out advice on how to manage a project, we should all listen.

I bring this all up because I recently came across the list “A Project Manager’s Lessons Learned,” 128 rules compiled back in 1995 by Jerry Madden, Associate Director of the Flights Project Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The list, apparently, has been in the public domain for some time, but this was the first that I’d seen it. After taking a spin through all of the rules, I thought that a number of them would certainly still apply today, particularly for software project managers.

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