• Lessons Learned for Mission Success
    Lessons Learned for Mission Success

With a particular focus on decision theory, this two-day APPEL-TEB course utilizes two proven pedagogies to facilitate the learning of best practices for engineering decision making; case studies and role-playing. The course includes three in-depth decision case studies—one of which is the Challenger Accident.

Background materials, videos and handouts are provided during the course. Detailed presentation of the case is followed by a facilitated group forensic analysis. Additionally, two of the cases are supplemented with a breakout role-playing activity. The role-play activities emphasize and enhance the case study learning through active real-time engineering decision making analyses. Each day will end of a group discussion summarizing the day's learning and will afford participants time to update their APPEL Action Plans. Upon completion of the course participants will be able to utilize best practices in engineering decision making and conduct forensic analyses of engineering decision case studies.

The target audience for this course is the NASA workforce including engineers and program personnel who are seeking to increase their abilities to make efficient and effective decisions. The course is appropriate for long tenured civil servants as well as new hires. Moreover, the course is appropriate for all four practitioner levels in the APPEL Career Development Framework.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 2.0 Stakeholder Management
Common Competencies
  • C 2.2 Team Dynamics & Management
  • C 4.3 Leadership
  • C 5.2 Knowledge Sharing
    Systems Engineering Competencies
  • 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:

  • Use best practices in engineering decision making
  • Define and conduct forensic analyses of case studies
  • Effectively apply role-playing techniques to engineering case study analyses

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