Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Live on Mars? Teamwork and impossible dreams

Peter Degen-Portnoy (Black Duck by Synopsys)
4:15pm4:55pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Cutting Edge
Location: Meeting Room 18 A/B
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Team leads and team members

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience working as part of a team

What you'll learn

  • Understand how to build a high-performing team


Mars One is a Dutch not for profit with an audacious idea: send people to Mars to live there permanently. The Mars One plan is an exciting idea—humans on Mars in our lifetime! (Speaker Peter Degen-Portnoy is one of the round-three candidates for Mars One.) But there is more to it than that. To accomplish this goal, the organization needs the right people working together as a high-performing team.

This talk is not really about Mars or Mars One. Peter explains how every company can benefit from the same ideas and concepts that will make Mars One successful: building high-performing teams through goal setting, putting ideas out in front and wrestling with them before sweating the details, and then executing your plan. . .and adapting the goal, ideas, and plan when you inevitably encounter realities that don’t align with expectations.

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Peter Degen-Portnoy

Black Duck by Synopsys

Peter Degen-Portnoy is the Master and Commander of the Open Hub at Black Duck by Synopsys. He is a Mars One Round 3 Candidate (ask him about the mission!) and has been an athlete for the majority of his 50+ years on Earth.