Going over my notes here are some pointsAdam made which is why his presentation was so popular.
Adam described leadership as a service. In comparison to a project management approach which doesn't necessarily focus on leadership skills to rally the team to solve a difficult problem.
Adam would wake 2:30a. Run the risks is his head. Then figure out how it impacts the project.
Much of the data came from failure analysis of past efforts which may not of compromised past missions, but could be catastrophic for Curiosity.
To innovate and rise to the challenge in a mission critical environment Adam stressed to "separate the ideas from the people who hold them." Getting his team to accept the intense review of ideas was key to be creative.
Why did it all work?
Adam switched to "Hold on to the doubt!" Constantly accept that they may not be right.
"Planning is everything. The plan means nothing."
"The process of planning is preparation for the future."
"Falling in love with the plan bypasses the truth."
"Why do we do this?" Adam says this while staring at the image of Curiosity on Mars.
Adam's keynote is one of those that sticks with you and I know others will refer to his presentation. These are the type of keynotes that have lasting value and help all of us be better.