EP23: Learnings from the Space Industry – Part 1/2 – Apollo 11

In this episode Marcel and Todd talk about management lessons learned during the Apollo era space program and how they can still apply in today’s management environment.

The following topics are covered:

  • The legacy of the Apollo era management
  • The importance of a clear goal from the top
  • Having sufficient resources to achieve your goals
  • Using a Systems thinking approach
  • Configuration management
  • Ensuring optimum solutions can win
  • Designing for simplicity and redundancy
  • Testing under realistic conditions
  • The importance of what-if thinking and mentality
  • Team accountability and trust
  • Luck

For full context you may want to watch the “Management Lessons of the Moon” by Andrew Chaikin YouTube video before listening to the podcast.

We hope you enjoyed this episode.  As always please feel free to give us feedback and share.

Background and other related interesting stuff

Discussion on Apollo 11: Management Lessons of the Moon by Andrew Chaikin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaskWhy5pYE

The Challenger Disaster: You’re wrong about – The Challenger Disaster – 3rd Jan 2019 by Sarah Marshall and  Michael Hobbes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-challenger-disaster/id1380008439?i=1000465289942

Other, material of interest

Apollo 1 fire radio transmission (be warned, it’s not a comfortable file to listen to): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=274lQSbpkRg

Highly Recommended! Epic Apollo 11 documentary made solely of original material on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81078076

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