Engineering Success and Failure Analysis Workshop (APPEL-ESFAW)


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This three-day course focuses on advanced concepts of project management and systems engineering and their integration in the management of all phases and facets of the project. The learning methods include lecture, discussions, and the use of case studies to illustrate salient topics.

Before You Attend
This course requires pre-reading, which will be provided upon registration. This may include case studies, articles, and or chapters from relevant books. Pre-reading will align all attendees and prepare them for conversations and topics covered in the course.

This course is designed for NASA engineers with design experience, fabrication, design failure analysts, Program and Project Managers, and operations personnel.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 2.0 - Stakeholder Management
  • PM 4.0 - Acquisitions Management
  • PM 5.0 - Project Planning
  • PM 7.0 - Risk Management
  • PM 13.0 - Systems Engineering
  • PM 15.0 - Project Control
Common Competencies
  • C 1.2 - NASA Project Management/Systems Engineering Procedures and Guidelines
  • C 4.2 - Communication
  • C 4.3 – Leadership
Systems Engineering Competencies
  • SE 1.1 - Stakeholder Expectation Definition & Management
  • SE 1.2 - Technical Requirements Definition
  • SE 1.3 - Logical Decomposition
  • SE 1.4 - Design Solution Definition
  • SE 2.1 - Product Implementation
  • SE 3.1 - Technical Planning
  • SE 3.8 - Technical Decision Analysis

Related Resources

Resource Category

Significant Incidents & Close Calls in Human Spaceflight Website


APPEL Library Resources

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library Books 24x7 Library Books 24x7 Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Analyze and discuss primary drivers of engineering success and the causes of engineering failures.
  • Summarize the roles of the project manager and systems engineer in successful engineering projects.
  • Identify the primary causes of engineering disasters.
  • Review key indicators of engineering success or failure.
  • List symptoms of failed or failing projects.
  • Evaluate engineering failures, failure analysis, and forensic engineering processes and methods.
  • Discuss and evaluate techniques for avoiding design failures.
  • Implement appropriate Failure Analysis Process.
  • List techniques for avoiding design failures.
  • Discuss and evaluate techniques for avoiding design failures.

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