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Why are we surprised when vendors can’t keep projects on time and budget?

It has been occurring to me lately that there is a fundamental mismatch between how some astronomy projects¬† select and manage external vendors and their expectations of these external vendors’ performance.¬† In our case, we require competition and fixed price … Continue reading

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The never-ending battle between big and small science in astronomy

When you hear the thundering herd behind you, it’s time to move on to a new field. That’s advice I often heard from my graduate advisers. While you might call this a “small science” mindset, they went on to found … Continue reading

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