First-Quarter FY18 Courses Enhance Professional Development

First-Quarter FY18 Courses Enhance Professional Development

APPEL kicks off the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018 with a wide range of courses designed to support the development goals of NASA practitioners at all career levels.

APPEL courses are specifically designed to address the training objectives of the agency’s technical workforce. As a result, courses are completely NASA-centric and fully relevant to the project and mission needs of the agency.

Courses for the first quarter will begin the week of October 23, 2017. Over the next three months, APPEL will deliver 21 distinct course offerings across NASA centers. The courses span a spectrum of subjects, from foundational topics in aerospace to more in-depth concentrations on mission-relevant disciplines such as requirements development, acquisitions, project management, and more. Other courses emphasize the softer skills that are critical for leadership, helping practitioners enhance their decision-making, communication, or presentation abilities.

A highlighted selection of courses from APPEL is below, followed by the full list of all 21 first-quarter course offerings.

Advanced Earned Value Management (APPEL-AEVM) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC):

  • Participants gain a working-level understanding of how to manage changes to the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB), control management reserve, and analyze performance indicators and flags that build up the basic understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) and the PMB.

Contract Management Principles and Practices (APPEL-CMPP) at Glenn Research Center (GRC):

  • This course helps practitioners understand the principles and practices involved in managing contracts by providing an overview of all phases of contracting, from requirements development to closeout, including how incentives can be used to improve contract results.

Crucial Conversations (APPEL-CC) at Stennis Space Center (SCC):

  • Emphasizing a step-by-step process for creating alignment and agreement, Crucial Conversations fosters open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics for individuals at every level of the organization.

Introduction to Project Management at NASA (APPEL-PM101) at Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC):

  • Introduction to Project Management at NASA supports the development of newly appointed project managers and rising technical professionals by providing a comprehensive overview of the policies, practices, and processes specific to the NASA project management life cycle.

 Requirements Development and Management (APPEL-REQ) at KSC:

  • By underscoring best practices in requirements development and management, the course helps project teams develop a winning product that meets technical requirements within schedule and budget.

Team Leadership (APPEL-TL) at Johnson Space Center (JSC), Langley Research Center (LaRC), and SCC:

  • Participants discover a toolkit of strategies, tactics, and tools for managing and facilitating team processes in order to achieve successful team performance and results at NASA.

We encourage practitioners to explore the comprehensive list, below, of first-quarter courses offered by APPEL at each NASA center. After reviewing the list, practitioners can click on course names to go to the APPEL Catalog for a full description or easy access to registration.

Ames Research Center

Armstrong Flight Research Center

Glenn Research Center

Goddard Space Flight Center

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Johnson Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Langley Research Center

Marshall Space Flight Center

Stennis Space Center

The Academy is excited to offer this broad range of courses for NASA practitioners during the first quarter of FY18. Because seating for APPEL courses is limited, interested agency practitioners are encouraged to register as early as possible. For answers to questions about courses or the registration process, practitioners can contact APPEL Training & Support or their center’s APPEL Point of Contact.

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