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Stories for EL, Issue #004-- Plans and Teams
February 24, 2008

Plans and Teams!

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Training Games

22nd February, 2008; Issue 4; Teams and Plans

Table of Contents:
  • Teams and Plans
  • The Proverb
  • An Update

Teams and Plans: The first landing on the Moon

Have you heard this story?

The first landing on the Moon

As the landing began Armstrong reported they were "running long." Eagle was 4 seconds further along its descent trajectory than planned and would land miles west of the intended site. The LM navigation and guidance computer reported several unusual "program alarms" as it guided the LM's descent, drawing the crew's attention from the scene outside as the descent continued.

Inside NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, computer engineer Jack Garman told guidance officer Steve Bales it was safe to continue the descent in spite of the alarms.

When Armstrong returned his attention to the view outside it was apparent the computer was guiding them towards a large crater with rocks scattered around it. Armstrong took manual control of the lunar module and with Aldrin calling out data from the radar and computer, guided it to a landing at 20:17 UTC on July 20 with about 30 seconds of fuel left.

Michael Collins said,"....All this is possible only through the blood, sweat, and tears of a number of a people...All you see is the three of us, but beneath the surface are thousands and thousands of others, and to all of those, I would like to say, 'Thank you very much.'"

Aldrin said, "... This has been far more than three men on a mission to the Moon; more, still, than the efforts of a government and industry team; more, even, than the efforts of one nation...."

Above are excerpts from the story of the first landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. The whole exercise was the result of innumerable plans and teams. Yet it continually required corrections and counsel from different parts of the team until the landing and return back to the Earth.

The moral of the story is 'Planning in a team and valuing the counsel of your team members will reach you to your goal'

The Proverb: I also found a proverb with the same message, 'Designs are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: but where there are many counsellors, they are established.' Prov 15:22

Plans and Teams. As I have used a true story to illustrate the significance of plans and teams to success, it is easy to see the veracity of the theme.

An Update Do you remember, I was trying an experiment applying the moral from the previous story? Well, I am happy to report that I have achieved some success in it.

I decided to write an e-book with more experiential-learning-games. These are completely new, that I created after a self-administered course on creativity.

Well, the result was I created a couple of games everyday. Within a period of 15 days I had created a set of 23 games. My colleagues are really excited about this book. You'll find the details of the e-book "New Training Games" on

I am also excited about the self-administered creatrivity course. My next project is to write an e-book on this course. You can use it to become creative in any area. Would you like to own a copy of this e-book when it is finished? If so send me a request through the 'contact us form' on

Thank you

Thank you all for the enthusiastic response to the last issue. I hope you like this issue as much as I liked writing it.
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