Monday, February 18, 2013

Satellite Project Overwhelmed by Technology Advances

A project illustrative of the challenges of rapid technology change is the US $6 billion Iridium satellite network. Despite the project’s success from a time, cost, and quality perspective – it was a massive business failure because it was overwhelmed by developments in ground based cell tower networks. The satellite constellation eventually sold for just US $25 million.

See what my research participants advised on how to make quick but well informed decisions.

Simon Collyer

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