Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs

Instar's courses and services are consistent with ten principles for successful space programs:

  1. Invest in knowledge and understanding
  2. Adopt the right attitude: quality and mission success first
  3. Instill ownership and responsibility
  4. Constantly strive to improve communication and teamwork
  5. Follow a sound engineering approach
  6. Reduce total cost through good engineering and good management, not by compromising quality
  7. Keep everything as simple as possible
  8. Establish an effective quality system that involves everyone
  9. Be willing to accept risks, but only those you and the other stakeholders truly understand
  10. Make sure you — and everyone else — have enough time, resources, and freedom to do things right

When adapted to engineers, these principles become

  1. Never stop learning, and don’t become too specialized
  2. Adopt the right attitude: Take responsibility for quality and mission success
  3. Allow others to have ownership of their products
  4. Constantly strive to improve communication and teamwork
  5. Follow a sound engineering approach
  6. Improve personal efficiency or work output through good engineering and good task management, not by compromising quality
  7. Think ahead to avoid problems, and keep everything as simple as possible
  8. Establish an effective quality system
  9. Be willing to accept risks, but only those you and the other stakeholders truly understand
  10. Don't let the fire go out!