ASK OCE — November 3, 2006 — Vol. 1, Issue 15
APPEL Holds 13th Masters Forum
Collaboration was the theme of the thirteenth Masters Forum, hosted by the Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership at Babson College in mid-September.
The conference brought together outside experts and NASA practitioners. Dr. Paul Adler
, Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, addressed the importance of building a sense of community for a successful collaboration. This framework provided the basis for discussing a NASA-specific case study of collaboration presented by David Jacobsen, manager of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate project office. ASK Magazine
Editor-in-Chief Larry Prusak
explored the role of trust and social capital, noting that individuals in any organization ultimately have to trust each other and share a core set of social values in order to share knowledge effectively.
Other highlights included a presentation and demonstration by Helen Greiner, a co-founder of iRobot
, a commercial robot manufacturer that has developed products for both military and consumer markets. Participants also toured the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory
The Masters Forum is a biennial invitational conference held over three days for a small group of practitioners to learn from past masters of project management. Attendees build cross-center relationships, develop leadership expertise, and participate in a community of practice focusing on lessons learned and unique practices. The next event will be held in March 2007.
Learn more about past Masters’ Forums.