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Introduction to Project Management at NASA (APPEL-vPM101)


  • NASA Fundamentals
    NASA Fundamentals
  • Program / Project Management
    Program / Project Management

Skill Level: Open to all.

This three-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the practices and processes specific with the NASA Project Management Lifecycle in conjunction with policies as detailed in NPR 7120.5 - NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements and NPR 7120.8 - Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements. The goal of the course is to help a NASA Project Manager identify, recognize and develop the expertise they will need to ensure mission success through the effective utilization of accepted project management principles and practices.

This course is designed for members of the NASA technical workforce responsible for the planning, execution, control, and closeout of NASA programs and projects. Newly appointed Project Managers and rising technical professionals who wish to become familiar with NASA Project Management principles and practices are encouraged to attend.

Related Resources

Resource Category

Schedule Management Handbook Website
NASA Risk-Informed Decision Making Handbook Website
Systems Engineering Handbook Website
NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Handbook Website
NASA/SP-2011-3422, NASA Risk Management Handbook Website
Cost Estimating Handbook Website
NASA Technical Standards Website
NASA NPDs and NPRs can be found on NODIS Website
  • NPD 7120.4 - NASA Engineering and Program/Project Management Policy
  • Program/Project Management
    • NPR 7120.5 - NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements
    • NPR 7120.7 - NASA IT Program and Project Management Requirements
    • NPR 7120.8 - NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements
    • NPR 8590.1 - Environmental Compliance and Restoration Program
    • NPR 8820.2 - Facility Project Requirements
  • Engineering
    • NPR 7123.1 - NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements
    • NPR 7150.2 - NASA Software Engineering Requirements
    • NPR 7120.10 - Technical Standards for NASA Programs and Projects

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:

  • Describe project management and provide an overview of how the NASA project life cycle interfaces with systems engineering, technology acquisition, and logistical support
  • Explain how stakeholders drive requirements and project selection within the Pre-Formulation phase
  • Describe the Formulation phase to include project teams, the work breakdown structure (WBS), risk management, life-cycle logistics, and the integrated master schedule (IMS)
  • Discuss project performance analysis and reporting during the Implementation phase
  • Close out a project effectively