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Ask for the moon 

Ask for the moon

NASA Innovative Advanced Concept project intends to develop and test methodologies to build crucial infrastructure elements to evaluate the merits, limitations and feasibility of adapting such technologies for extraterrestrial application. The growing list of commercial space companies with business plans to explore space profitably is a good indicator that the time is now.
By Behrokh Khoshnevis 

Rising above the turbulence 

Rising above the turbulence

Many managers in their 50s and 60s yearn for the good old days when change came slower. Even younger managers can be dazed and confused by the challenges. But future organizational success will hinge on the ability of today’s managers to handle turbulence, uncertainty and ambiguity in a constructive manner.
By Stephen C. Harper 

A surgical machine 

A surgical machine

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Middle Georgia has implemented a supportability initiative in its maintenance operations for C-5, C-17, C-130 and F-15 aircraft. In a future where "more is expected with less," supportability will play a critical role in improving the performance of all squadrons. To be a world-class organization, the Warner Robins complex needs the right tools and equipment.
By Satya S. Chakravorty 

Weighting for success 

Weighting for success

More complex problems in manufacturing require good data to be collected over time before practitioners can determine the causes. In the absence of data, which might take weeks or months to collect, a useful brainstorming technique for discovering what’s behind a problem is the cause and effect (C&E) diagram. This article focuses on the development of the C&E diagram.
By Merwan B. Mehta 

The big question about lean Six Sigma 

The big question about lean Six Sigma

The key to implementing lean Six Sigma tools in a successful manner is to understand that the tools will not create positive change, but the employees who use the tools will. This article examines 10 fundamental elements that can help make a lean Six Sigma journey successful. 
By Julia L. Bolte 




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