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Case Studies

Case studies illustrate the kinds of decisions and dilemmas managers face every day, and as such provide an effective learning tool for project management.

Due to the dynamic and complex environment of projects, a great deal of project management knowledge is tacit and hard to formalize. A case study captures the complex nature of a project and identifies key decision points, allowing the reader an inside look at the project from a practitioner’s point of view.+ Catalog of NASA-Related Case Studies

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The Academy uses digital media such as eBooks to share critical knowledge and learning resources. Download and explore the Academy’s most recent eBooks.

NASA’s Journey to Project Management Excellence

“Given that one-of-a-kind complex projects require innovation, learning is a precondition of success. Over a span of more than two decades, APPEL has developed a three-level approach for addressing the learning needs of NASA’s project and engineering workforce.”

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Orbital Debris Management and Risk Mitigation

APPEL’s Orbital Debris Management and Risk Mitigation (ODM) training course provides mission-critical knowledge that helps NASA missions implement the agency’s overarching strategic goals and the U.S. National Space Policy goals for sustainability in space. The iBook supplements the existing course taught by Mr. Nicholas L. Johnson, Chief Scientist in the Orbital Debris Program Office at Johnson Space Center.

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Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects

Shared Voyage is about four remarkable projects: the Advanced Composition Explorer (NASA), the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (U.S. Air Force), the Pathfinder Solar-Powered Airplane (NASA), and the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (U.S. Air Force.)

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