Product Management Lessons from Apollo

A picture a friend posted on their Facebook wall got me thinking. I wanted a comment to be accurate, so I looked up the Apollo missions on Wikipedia.

In the process of making sure my comment was accurate, I fell into a deep reading of the details of the Apollo-Saturn missions. It was a mini case-study in product development, and thus in product management.

When asked about the space program, most people just remember the grainy, fuzzy, yet wonderful, analog 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).