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  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering

Skill Level: Open to all.

The goal of this course is to enable NASA personnel to be more creative and innovative in all their works, including technical and managerial. "The excessive focus on analysis, targets, and number crunching, and the absence of introspection and imagination has resulted in a crisis in management" (Henry Mintzberg, The Globe and Mail, March 16, 2009). This course seeks to address this crisis.

This course is for NASA’s technical and managerial workforce, including engineers and program personnel, who are seeking to increase their abilities to be both creative and innovative in their technical and managerial endeavors.

Related Resources

Resource Category

Creative Confidence (Public) Website


Critical Knowledge Resources

Resource Category

Phil McAlister: Relinquishing Control to Promote Innovation (Public) Video


APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define, employ, and assess creativity.
  • Define, employ, and assess innovation.
  • Apply creativity and innovation techniques to address technical, process, and managerial challenges.
  • Define and utilize whole brain thinking.
  • Practice structured and unstructured brainstorming techniques.
  • Motivate and enable creativity and innovation in their coworkers.
  • Recognize and assess inhibitors to creativity and innovation.