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Critical Knowledge inSight: Success Factors for Integration

Jessica Parsons

At NASA, project integration is crucial work that enables mission success. Complex projects require the careful integration of numerous hardware and software systems developed by NASA, industry and international space agency partners. The interdisciplinary field of systems engineering traditionally focuses on managing the development and organization of complex systems.

Jessica Parsons is the Space Launch System (SLS) Integration Lead in the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) program. In the video, Parsons shares key success factors for integration.



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      Team communication is important to all programs for successful integration to occur.

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      Trust building among all programs across the enterprise is vital. Programs need to see the other program’s perspective to understand how changes can affect the overall mission.

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      Safety should be a key attribute in the program you are working on and embedded in your culture.


This beneficial practice of communicating well, building trust and ensuring safety helps all program teams solve the complex challenges on the human side of technical integrations.


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Critical Knowledge inSight is a new series of articles highlighting information to help practitioners identify and overcome obstacles that interfere with mission success. Each article focuses on a critical knowledge topic and features knowledge insight through a short video clip with subject matter experts sharing information needed to solve problems and drive innovation. Articles include a brief summary of key learning points gleaned from the expert’s insight along with related resources, such as case studies, courses and lessons learned, to further explore the topic and provide you with quick-hitting, targeted learning to enhance your knowledge base.

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