A picture a friend posted on Facebook got me thinking. I wanted a comment to be accurate, and since the Dude is getting old, his recall isn’t what it once was, so I looked up the Apollo missions on Wikipedia.
(BTW: I thought it was Apollo 11 that first landed on the moon, and I was right)
However, reading the details of the Apollo-Saturn missions was a mini case-study in product development, and in product management.
When asked about the space program, most people just remember the crappy, yet wonderful, black and white footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. But prior to that event was a deep series of unmanned and manned missions to validate and test the various platforms, technologies, and aspects of the mission(s).
Reading about the progress, it tells a tale of: