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Managing Scientists and Engineers

Program/Project Management Resource List #57

Revised August 2011

Most people think of inventors as people who toil alone in their cellar or garage until their dream becomes reality. While there are still a handful of successful individual inventors, such as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the founders of Apple Computers, many of America's most inventive people are employed by the government or by large firms, where their drives to create are channeled into meeting the goals of their employers. This pathfinder addresses the issues of managing teams of engineers and scientists, especially for managers who do not have a background in those fields. You may also find interesting items in our webpages on Transforming Engineers and Scientists Into Managers, Human Capital Management in the Technical Fields, Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace, Corporate Culture, Measuring Organizational Effectiveness in Research and Development Organizations, and Interpersonal Relations and Group Dynamics.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Policies Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources

NASA Policies

The following policies and procedural requirements can be accessed by anyone through the NASA Online Directives Information System:
NASA Procedural Requirements 3100.1A: Management of the Senior Executive Service (SES)
NASA Procedural Requirements 3319.1A: Management of Senior Scientific and Technical (ST) and other Senior Level (SL) Positions
NASA Procedural Requirements 3335.1H: Internal Placement of NASA Employees
NASA Policy Directive 3410.2F: Employee and Organizational Development


Day, Stacey A. Leadership Practices of Project Scientists at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Graduate University, 2003.
HD69 .P75 D38 2003 PPM-STACKS
Glen, Paul, and David H. Maister. Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead People who Deliver Technology. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
T49.5 .G55 2003 PPM-STACKS
Note: Also available as an e-book in SATERN.
Ivancevich, John M., and Thomas N. Duening. Managing Einsteins: Leading High-tech Workers in the Digital Age. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
HD30.2 .I93 2002 PPM-STACKS
Millis, Marc G. Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project: Project Management Methods. Cleveland, OH: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Glenn Research Center, 2004.
HD69 .P75 M552 2004 PPM-STACKS
Also available to the general public as document no. 20050041926 via NTRS.
Pellerin, Charles J. How NASA Builds Teams: Mission Critical Soft Skills for Scientists, Engineers, and Project Teams. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons 2009.
HD66 .P455 2009 PPM-STACKS


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Goffe, Rob, and Gareth Jones. Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People. Harvard Business Press, 2009.
Testa, Louis. Growing Software: Proven Strategies for Managing Software Engineers. No Starch Press, 2009.
Torr, Gordon. Managing Creative People: Lessons in Leadership for the Ideas Economy. John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Articles and Reports

Acton, Gwen, and Tim Andrews. "Impeding Scientists' Productivity", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 2006), p. 59-60.
Badawy, Michael K. "Managing Human Resources", Research-Technology Management, vol. L, no. 4 (July-Aug. 2007), p. 56-74.
Barrett, Larry, and Ken Lehtonen. "Managing a Product Development Team: Part I", Defense AT&L, March-April 2004, p. 22-25.
Available online at the Defense AT&L Database.
__________. "Managing a Product Development Team: Part II", Defense AT&L, May-June 2004, p. 36-40.
Available online at the Defense AT&L Database.
Cooper, Robert G. "Managing Technology Development Projects", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 2006), p. 23-31.
Khoury, A.E. Character and Effective Leadership of the Knowledge Worker. UCRL-TH-211921. Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA, April 20, 2005.
(15016252: (Feb. 12, 2008) DOE Information Bridge)
Maccoby, Michael. "Is there a best way to lead scientists and engineers?", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2006), p. 60-61.
Merrifield, Tim. "Optimizing R & D Integration", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 4 (July-Aug. 2006), p. 11-14.
Newman, Jerry L. "Building a Creative High-Performance R&D Culture", Research-Technology Management, vol. LII, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 2009), p. 21-31.
Rumpel, Steven, and John W. Medcof. "Total rewards: Good fit for tech workers", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 2006), p. 27-35.

Internet Resources

American Society for Engineering Management. 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
Analytical Laboratory Managers Association. 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
C2 Consulting. Paul Glen. 2010 [Aug. 3, 2011]
Hoffman, Ed. Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. Aug. 1, 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
Industrial Research Institute. 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
Lab Manager Magazine. 2011 [Aug. 5, 2011]
Shirley, Donna. Managing Creativity. Dec. 16, 2009 [Aug. 3, 2011]
Stargate Consultants Limited. January 2011 [Aug. 4, 2011]

Last Updated: August 2011