Project Management and Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, I wanted to reflect on this landmark event and what we can learn from it. Back when I was about 8-years-old, I used to play a strategy game called Buzz Aldrin’s Race Into Space (“BARIS”). As you may be able to guess from the name, you are placed in the role of the Administrator of NASA or the Soviet space program and the goal is to beat the other side to the moon. It was a great game and it’s what first gave me my passion for engineering (that and my grandfather who was a NASA engineer). To this very day, I look back on the game with fond memories. (If you’re interested in playing the game yourself, it’s available for free on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux at It’s even been ported to Android.)

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