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Project management style and the Space Shuttle program (part 2)

a retrospective look

This article is the second part of two articles.The Space Shuttle Program and the resulting Challenger tragedy have caused many people to analyze problems within the program, and ways that may have helped prevent the unintended outcome of the Challenger crash in 1989.One reason for the resulting tragedy may have been the managerial attitude employed throughout the program.NASA employed a high-tech project management style, which integrates many new, but existing technologies, and asserts that success was imminent.However, in retrospect, a managerial attitude that showed concern for the high risk atmosphere of the space shuttle program, and acknowledged that there would be technologies that must be developed during the course of the project, may have helped prevent some of the problems that arose throughout the space shuttle program.
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