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Dr. Hyland’s PICTURES PRESENTS…. ¡ The Power of Teamwork!. With your host…. Dr. Hyland Himself! . WHY DO SPACE SYSTEMS NEED TEAMWORK? Space enterprises are expensive, complex and (often) dangerous - thus unforgiving of imprecision or errors.

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Dr hyland s pictures presents

Dr. Hyland’s PICTURES PRESENTS…

¡The Power of Teamwork!

With your host…

Dr. Hyland Himself!


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WHY DO SPACE SYSTEMS NEED TEAMWORK?

Space enterprises are expensive, complex and (often) dangerous - thus unforgiving of imprecision or errors.

  • Balanced judgement and precision require the application of many talents and points of view.

  • The knowledge required transcends the expertise of any individual.

  • Hence we must work in teams! (It's also more fun!)

    More effective team work is badly needed because of:

    • Rapid technological change.

    • Intense pressure to reduce costs, improve reliability and value

    • delivered.

    • Ever shorter development cycle time.

    • Competitive pressures in commercial space.


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    • The challenges of space militate for new organizations that rely on team skills -

      • Formal power hierarchies are less salient Influence processes jump to the fore.

      • Broader-skilled employees are empowered  Creates a larger arena of discourse, more open conflict, thus a need for conflict resolution skill.

      • Increased interaction among functional specialists  Requires ability to reason with & communicate complex technical concepts.

      • Tackling problems that transcend individual expertise  Encourages free flow of information, management that elicits creative ideas.

      • Need for flexibility and constant improvement of methods  Requires understanding of dynamics of organizational change.


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    A Few Cautionary Notes…

    • Yes, we are going to improve teamwork skills - but remember, teamwork is not an end in itself. It's our means to get to a really creative design concept for a system that is right at the edge of present capabilities!

    • Yes, the class organization is similar to gov. or industry teams - but we also have goals (besides a system baseline design) that industry teams do not have: Each individual shall acquire the foundational knowledge in space systems engineering needed to usefully contribute to future space system projects.

      • Foundational knowledge Basic knowledge of the "language" of a field that's needed before one can carry out further learning on ones own. The University is your best opportunity to get this kind of knowledge.

      • Ephemeral knowledge Knowledge immediately needed for professional or life tasks. Can be acquired in the workplace once foundations are in place.


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    • So, in addition to the usual goals (which require teamwork), we have this extra goal, i.e. acquiring foundational knowledge. This is something that requires individual effort - because the knowledge that allows you to go on learning and to begin contributing to future space endeavors, as a productive team member, has to be loaded into each individual brain. If it doesn't exist there, it doesn't exist anywhere.

    • Finally, teamwork isn't just about "leadership". Good "contributorship" is (perhaps) more important. Good leaders start by being good contributors. Leaders are not usually the source of all the bright ideas - Their job is to elicit those ideas from contributors and get them listened to. We want each student to advance in technical knowledge and team skills!


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    The Sixteen Types

    (Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™)

    ENFP

    ENTP

    ENFJ

    ENTJ

    I

    NTROVERT (I)

    (E)

    EXTROVERT

    SYSTEMATIC (S)

    INTUITIVE (N)

    (P)

    P

    E

    RC

    E

    I

    V

    I

    NG

    J

    UDG

    I

    NG (J)

    FEELING (F)

    THINKING (T)


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    Aero 489 Space System Design - Fall 2005

    Phase I Group Assignments


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    First Assignment for the Contractor Teams

    (Assigned, Sept. 6)

    • Write a (~1 page) essay on why near-Earth orbit space must be cleared of debris.

    • Summarize the qualitative goals of the mission in a Mission Statement - a 3 to 4 sentence, crisp and cogent statement of overall objectives.

    • All students should do this individually.

    • Also each team should review the mission statements generated by its members and select the best one.


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    Fin


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