Managing change effectively is an important component to being successful with NASA’s innovative missions.

Getting people to work on projects in a different way than they are used to can be a challenge, but is crucial to mission success.

Phil McAlister is the Director of Commercial Spaceflight Development in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA. In this short video clip, he explains that there are some useful tools for convincing organizations to change how they do their work.

Video key learning points:

    1. 1.

      Explain to the organization the benefits of changing the way you do work in terms of improving cost, safety or technical capability for the mission.

    2. 2.

      Bring people along and make sure they truly understand the change that will happen in the way they work.

    3. 3.

      Understand the need to change big things and little things in the way an organization works to make a big impact for the mission.

    4. 4.

      Identify the key areas where you need people to change the way they work so you can track the occurrence and impact of change.

 

Related Resources

NASA Change Management Roundup

NASA Change Management and Adaptive Challenges

NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Videos: Phil McAlister

 

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