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External circumstances can cause the need for NASA programs and projects to adapt and change. 

Mark Kirasich, Deputy Associate Administrator for Advanced Exploration Systems within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, talks about the one constant of change that large programs have to deal with to succeed. In the video clip, Kirasich gives examples of adapting to change during his time working on the Orion Program and gives advice about how to get teams behind a new goal.  

Video key learning points:

  1. 1.

    Get your program and project teams behind the change.

  2. 2.

    Communicate the reason why the change is needed to the team.

  3. 3.

    Make the objective of the change clear to the team.

  4. 4.

    Listen to the input from your team about the impacts of changes to the project. People’s careers can be greatly altered by change.

  5. 5.

    Work with the team to come up with a plan to reach the new objective.

  6. 6.

    Continue to learn about dealing with change by observing other leaders and their actions toward change.


Related Resources 

Critical Knowledge inSight: Change Management 

APPEL KS ASK Magazine: Change Management and Adaptive Challenges 

APPEL KS Program/Project Management Courses 


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