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This course is being updated with current information and best practices. We plan on scheduling this course as soon as the updates are complete. Anticipated schedule is FY25 Q2.

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 early indicators of troubled projects and addresses the role of the project manager in changing project outcomes. The course challenges participants to think differently about troubled projects. Targeted to experienced project leaders at all levels who are willing to share their experiences and lessons learned, the course design applies a peer-learning, case study approach to help participants to more effectively identify, analyze, and perform corrective actions when leading projects that are not meeting stakeholder expectations..

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.

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