Engineering Success and Failure Analysis Workshop (APPEL-ESFAW)


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

This course requires pre-reading during the class hours or prior to the course attendance if you have the time. The cases will be provided on the website. 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, program and project managers, and other 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:

  • Summarize the systems engineering and system thinking principals.
  • Identify the primary causes of engineering successes and failures through case studies.
  • Analyze and discuss primary drivers of engineering success and the causes of engineering failures
  • Review key indicators and constraints of engineering failures.
  • Summarize the roles of the leadership, program managers, project managers and systems engineers in successful engineering projects.
  • Review risk management, project control, and decision-making processes in engineering projects.
  • Evaluate engineering failures, root cause analysis approaches, and failure analysis processes and methods.
  • Discuss and evaluate techniques for mitigating design failures.

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