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Transforming Engineers and Scientists Into Managers

Program/Project Management Resource List #58

Revised Aug. 2011

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

In many research-oriented organizations, there are two paths to success: a technical path and a managerial path. At some point in his or her career, someone who has moved smoothly up the technical path will be offered a chance to enter the managerial path. In fact, according to the American Society for Engineering Management, in 2007, about two out of every three engineers spent some time as a manager.

However, the transition from one hierarchy to the other can be rocky. This webpage lists resources that will help someone making this change dodge the obstacles in their path. Other items of interest can be found in our resource lists on Managing Scientists and Engineers, Managerial Core Competence, Project Management Introductory Texts, and Developing Leadership Skills.

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: Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources

Books

Aucoin, B. Michael. From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition. Boston, MA: Artech House, 2002.
TA190 .A93 2002 BOOKSTACKS
 
Longuski, Jim. Advice to Rocket Scientists: A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2003.
TL850 .L85 2004 BOOKSTACKS
 
National Academy of Public Administration. Principal Investigator-Led Missions in Space Science. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration, 2005.
QB500.266 .U6 P83 P75 2005 BOOKSTACKS
 
National Academies of Science. Committee on Principal-Investigator-Led Missions in the Space Sciences. Principal-Investigator-Led Missions in the Space Sciences. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2006.
QB500.266 .U6 P755 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
National Research Council. Committee on Earth Studies. Steps to Facilitate Principal-Investigator-Led Earth Science Missions. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2004.
QE47 .A1 N36 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
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
Also available as an e-book in SATERN.
 
Selinger, Carl. Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004.
BF481 .S45 2004 BOOKSTACKS
 
Waggoner, Edgar Gene. An Experimental Study of the Effectiveness of Traditional and Adjunct Management Training for Entry Level Managers at a National Aerospace Research Laboratory. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Services, 2001.
HD30.4 .W34 2001 PPM-STACKS

E-books

All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
 
Dobson, Michael Singer. Project Management for the Technical Professional. Project Management Institute, 2001.
 
Ensworth, Patricia. The Accidental Project Manager: Surviving the Transition from Techie to Manager. John Wiley and Sons, 2001.
 
Levit, Alexandra. They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World. Career Press, 2004.
 
Snedaker, Susan. How to Cheat at IT Project Management. Syngress Publishing, 2005.
 
Topchik, Gary S. The Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career. AMACOM, 2004.

Articles

Farrington, Ted. "Who Do You Want Leading Your Organization?", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLIX, no. 4 (July/Aug. 2006), p. 58-60.
 
Hurd, Jean L. "Development Coaching: Helping Scientific and Technical Professionals Make the Leap Into Leadership", Global Business and Organizational Excellence, vol. XXVIII, no. 5 (July/August 2009), p. 39-51.
Also available online at Jean Hurd Leadership Development
 
Maccoby, Michael. "Developing Research/Technology Leaders", Research-Technology Management, vol. L, no. 2 (March/April 2007), p. 65-67.
 
__________. "NASA Researchers Learn Leadership as a Way of Being", Research-Technology Management, vol. LI, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2008), p. 66-67.
 
Menrad, Robert J., and Wiley J. Larson. "Development of a NASA Integrated Technical Workforce Career Development Model Entitled Requisite Occupation Competencies and Knowledge -- the ROCK", in: 2008 International Astronautical Conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2008, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
(20080039312: (Nov. 2008) NTRS)
 
Reynes, Roberta. "Training to Manage Across Silos", Research-Technology Management, vol. XLII, no. 5 (Sept. 1999), p. 20-24.
 

Internet Resources

Cerri, Steven. Engineer to Leader. 2011 [Aug. 8, 2011].
http://www.stevencerri.com/
 
Hoffman, Ed. Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. Aug. 1, 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/home/index.html
 
Hurd, Jean. Jean Hurd Leadership Development 2009 [Aug. 10, 2011].
http://jeanhurd.com/
 
Industrial Research Institute. 2011 [Aug. 3, 2011]
http://www.iriinc.org/
 
Lab Manager Magazine. 2011 [Aug. 5, 2011]
http://www.labmanager.com/
 
Mccann, Michael. Leadership and Management Development. Feb. 7, 2011 [Aug. 8, 2011].
http://leadership.nasa.gov/
 
Stargate Consultants Limited. January 2011 [Aug. 4, 2011]
http://www.stargate-consultants.ca/

Last Updated: August 2011