Norman Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine

Norman
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
1935

American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army

Author Quotes

Law Number XXII: If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice.

Law Number XXXVII: Ninety percent of the time things will turn out worse than you expect. The other 10 percent of the time you had no right to expect so much.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing.

Law Number XXIII: Any task can be completed in only one-third more time than is currently estimated.

Law Number XXXVIII: The early bird gets the worm. The early worm ... gets eaten.

Law Number XXIV: The only thing more costly than stretching the schedule of an established project is accelerating it, which is itself the most costly action known to man.

Never promise to complete any project within six months of the end of the year -- in either direction.

Law Number XXIX: Executives who do not produce successful results hold on to their jobs only about five years. Those who produce effective results hang on about half a decade.

Ninety percent of the time things will turn out worse than you expect. The other 10 percent of the time you had no right to expect so much.

Law Number XXV: A revised schedule is to business what a new season is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.

One often hears the remark "He talks too much." But when did anyone last hear the criticism "He listens too much?"

Law Number XXVI: If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Part of the problem is the lack of priority U.S. parents place on core education. But there are also problems inherent in our public education system. We simply don?t have enough qualified math and science teachers. Many of those teaching math and science have never taken a university-level course in those subjects.

I?ve visited more than 100 countries in the past several years, meeting people from all walks of life, from impoverished children in India to heads of state. Almost every adult I?ve talked with in these countries shares a belief that the path to success is paved with science and engineering. In fact, scientists and engineers are celebrities in most countries. They?re not seen as geeks or misfits, as they too often are in the U.S., but rather as society?s leaders and innovators. In China, eight of the top nine political posts are held by engineers. In the U.S., almost no engineers or scientists are engaged in high-level politics, and there is a virtual absence of engineers in our public policy debates. Why does this matter? Because if American students have a negative impression ? or no impression at all ? of science and engineering, then they?re hardly likely to choose them as professions. Already, 70% of engineers with PhD?s who graduate from U.S. universities are foreign-born. Increasingly, these talented individuals are not staying in the U.S ? instead, they?re returning home, where they find greater opportunities.

Law Number V: One-tenth of the participants produce over one-third of the output. Increasing the number of participants merely reduces the average output.

Law Number XLV: One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected.

If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VI: A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.

Law Number XLVI: A billion saved is a billion earned.

If sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

Law Number VII: Decreased business base increases overhead. So does increased business base.

Law Number XLVII: Two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered with water. The other third is covered with auditors from headquarters.

If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all the managers would fly off.

Law Number VIII: The most unsuccessful four years in the education of a cost-estimator is fifth grade arithmetic.

Law Number XLVIII: The more time you spend talking about what you have been doing, the less time you have to spend doing what you have been talking about. Eventually, you spend more and more time talking about less and less until finally you spend all your time talking about nothing.

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First Name
Norman
Last Name
Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine
Birth Date
1935
Bio

American Aerospace Businessman, Chairman of the Review of United States Human Space Flights Plans Committee and Under Secretary of the Army