Have you ever wondered how complicated decisions are made—say, for example, what size to make the solid rocket boosters (SRBs) that take our shuttle into space? It’s an interesting story with an obvious lesson in change management (or lack of it). 

The Space Shuttle’s SRBs are built to be as large as possible and still fit in the train tunnels through which they must pass, since rocket engines this large are transported by train. The train tunnels were built to be just barely larger than four feet, 8.5 inches, which is the standard distance between the rails of a train track. This distance is identical to the ones used in England, since it was British expatriates who laid America’s first rail tracks.

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