Accession Number:

ADA488312

Title:

All We Need to Know About Software Project Management, We Can Learn from Watching Star Trek

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

309TH SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE GROUP HILL AFB UT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

A few months ago, I watched a cable TV show which asserted that a Star Trek actor had changed the world. While the idea that William Shatner had single-handedly brought about the 21st century as we know it was funny, the information presented was pretty convincing that the science fiction show had a major impact on modern technology. Just call your banks voice-recognition computer using your flip-phone and youll get the picture. And it does not end with the original series those reconfigurable, flat-panel touch screens that Geordi and Data sit in front of in The Next Generation can now be found in just about every fast food restaurant As I marveled at the effects a television series has had on our modern lives, I suddenly realized that most of the current software generation had grown up with Star Trek. I began wondering what effect this had on our approaches to software development and management. What I discovered I have termed the Gene Roddenberry Effect Everything we do in software project management originated with Star Trek. I have developed a list of lessons learned from Star Trek that I regularly employ.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE