Norman Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine

Augustine, fully Norman Ralph Augustine

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

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Decreased business base increases overhead. So does increased business base.

One cannot legislate problems out of existence. It has been tried.

People working in the private sector should try to save money. There remains the possibility that it may someday be valuable again.

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

The average regulation has a life span one-fifth as long as a chimpanzee's and one-tenth as long as a human's - but four times as long as the official's who created it.

It is very expensive to achieve high unreliability. It is not uncommon to increase the cost of an item by a factor of ten for each factor of ten degradation accomplished.

It's easy to get a loan unless you need it.

Hardware works best when it matters the least.

Simple systems are not feasible because they require infinite testing.

One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected.

Most projects start out slowly - and then sort of taper off.

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

The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the problems.

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

Fools rush in where incumbents fear to tread.

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

There are many highly successful businesses in the United States. There are also many highly paid executives. The policy is not to intermingle the two.

By the time the people asking the questions are ready for the answers, the people doing the work have lost track of the questions.

All too many consultants, when asked, 'What is 2 and 2?' respond, 'What do you have in mind?

Software is like entropy. It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the second law of thermodynamics; i.e. it always increases.

The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.

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

Regulations grow at the same rate as weeds.

Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation.

If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice

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