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Recovery of Troubled Projects (APPEL-vRTP)


  • Lessons Learned for Mission Success
    Lessons Learned for Mission Success
  • Program / Project Management
    Program / Project Management

Skill Level: Project Managers/Project Systems Engineers or higher.

There is no guaranteed “recipe” for recovering a troubled project, and no two troubled projects are ever exactly alike. APPEL-RTP is a two-day course that explores the attributes of troubled projects and addresses the role of the project manager in changing project outcomes. The course is designed to help experienced project managers to identify, analyze, and perform corrective actions when managing projects that are not succeeding in terms of cost, schedule, and/or promised technical performance or where the sponsors or other key project stakeholders are unsatisfied with the direction of the project.

This course is designed for NASA’s workforce, including experienced Project and Program Managers, Lead and Senior Systems Engineers, Chief Engineers and Business Group Leaders.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 5.0 - Project Planning
  • PM 14.0 - Tracking/Trending of Project Performance
  • PM 15.0 - Project Control
  • PM 16.0 - Project Review and Evaluation
Common Competencies
  • C 1.1 - Agency Structure, Mission, and Internal Goals
  • C 4.2 - Communication
  • C 4.3 - Leadership

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

  • Interpret the early warning signs of trouble
  • Assess project reality and evaluate project status
  • Differentiate recoverable and unrecoverable projects
  • Develop an executable recovery plan
  • Select appropriate leadership techniques for troubled projects
  • Build and manage a project recovery team
  • Implement appropriate communication
  • Devise appropriate project control mechanisms
  • Manage team buy-in during the recovery process
  • Interpret stakeholder concerns and manage expectations