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Build upon the basic understanding of EVM and the PMB.
Emphasizes advanced earned value management concepts.
Advanced concepts of project management and systems engineering.
Teaches participants how to balance performance, risk, cost, schedule, reliability and operability through all life-cycle phases.
Application of Agile PM principles.
Learn the theory and practice of Agile Project management methods.
A downloadable library of written cases focusing on lessons learned for the NASA technical workforce.
A collection of case studies designed to illustrate the kinds of decisions and dilemmas managers face every day.
Live and on-demand webcasts on current topics in program/project management.
Available to NASA employees and the public, the Virtual PM Challenge features program and project managers presenting their challenges, successes, and lessons learned.
APPEL YouTube Channel
A compendium of more than 200 videos produced and compiled by NASA APPEL that offer insights and unique perspectives on key topics in project management and systems engineering.
Build self-confidence, self-awareness and vital interpersonal skills.
Utilizes powerful and highly participative techniques to help participants master critical ‘people skills’ and drive technical success.
Effective project assessment tools and techniques.
Demonstrates various methods to effectively assess project performance.
Addressing how poor communication and mental shortcuts impact engineering decision-making
Discover the foundation for communicating technical information.
Teaches effective methods and strategies for presenting technical issues.
This course is based on the analysis and discussion of five outstanding case studies, which illustrate the importance of recognizing items that can have a direct impact upon decision-making processes within a complex project management environment.
Overview of all phases of contracting.
Overview of all phases of contracting, from requirements development to closeout and discuss how incentives can be used to improve contract results.
Helps prepare students for a customer Integrated Baseline Review (IBR), compliance review, or surveillance review.
Principles of Cost Estimation.
Become familiar with aspects of Cost Estimation principles.
Maintaining excellence and technological superiority.
Enables NASA personnel to be more creative and innovate in all their works, including technical and managerial.
A multi-disciplinary service portal supported by the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO).
The Critical Knowledge Gateway serves as a portal connecting the NASA community to a vast array of agency-based videos and video lessons.
Improve team performance.
Develop skills for improving team reliability and effectiveness.
Promoting effective communication.
Demonstrates skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue.
Making defensible decisions quickly and efficiently.
Provides the tools necessary to improve the quality of a factually based decision-making process for resolving technical issues at NASA.
A resource for Defense Acquisition University Training (DAU) Opportunities.
A guide for individuals interested in taking training courses through DAU.
Focusing the technical effort of projects and missions.
Introduces participants to the processes that support planning, development, and execution of a Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).
Introduces the standards, objectives, policies, and procedures embodied in the EVM system.
Leveraging geology to understand other planets.
Provides a fundamental understanding of the geologic processes the operate on Earth and other planets.
Understanding the universe through science and philosophy.
Inspires a continued interest in astronomy and places aerospace work in the context of our physical and philosophical understanding of our universe.
Introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the NASA FAR Supplement.
Introduces project managers and those involved in the acquisition process to the FAR system, ensuring they understand its underlying basis, structure, and content, including the NASA FAR Supplement.
Supporting NASA's mandate through technical excellence.
Gives students a fundamental understanding of NASA's mission, aeronautics, astronautics, technical writing and team membership in order to support excellence among NASA's technical workforce.
Transforming operational needs into technical products.
Introduces methods and techniques for a structured systems development process that procees from requirements to concept to production to operation.
A downloadable library of written cases on NASA projects or subjects relevant to the NASA workforce.
A collection of written case studies designed primarily for individuals who are developing courses for NASA employees as well as academics interested in using NASA cases in their classes.
Enhances awareness of health and medical technical authority.
Creates an awareness of HMTA roles and responsibilities in the Agency, Agency level standards/technical requirements and HMTA implementation.
Hands-on mission design.
Involves real-world design exercises aimed at helping participants design and operate missions.
Provides an overview of the Integrated Baseline Review process.
Learn to effectively work with international partners.
Gives insights into the characteristics of international teaming that have the potential to make or break a project. (Nomination Required)
Engineering to minimize environmental problems.
Provides an introduction to the topic of green engineering, a tool for reducing the environmental impact of products, processes, and systems and making them more sustainable.
Introduction to the agency and center specific Project Management lifecycle.
Project Management fundamentals with an orientation to the NASA agency and Center specific PM lifecycle policies processes and practices.
A high-level overview of NASA software engineering foundational concepts.
Learn concepts, tools, and techniques used to manage complex projects.
Defines the best techniques for ensuring control of a project and all its associated element.
Getting from A to B.
Introduces systems engineering processes, NASA life-cycle phases, key technical reviews, and systems engineering management techniques.
Practice the techniques required to be an effective distance manager and team member.
Teaches participants how to overcome obstacles of geography, isolation, and history and to establish trust, motivate, and unite people who are separated physically, and often culturally and emotionally.
Design a Mars mission from scratch.
Provides an integrated view of designing and operating a Mars mission from conceptual design through operations.
A collection of information and insights from senior scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts.
The NESC Academy presents live and on-demand content from researchers, engineers, and field experts in 18 technical disciplines.
A collection of interactive online case studies concerning NASA projects.
Online multimedia case studies designed to capture the complex nature of a project while giving the reader an inside look at the project from a practitioner’s point of view.
An agency-wide database for capturing and sharing lessons learned.
Part of NASA's knowledge management efforts, the LLIS is a centralized resource for shared information on past successes and failures associated with NASA missions.
How teamwork, persistence, innovation and passion support NASA success.
Helps participants apply lessons learned from NASA accomplishments to their current and future endeavors.
Learning opportunities that support the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) discipline.
The NASA Safety Center offers professional development opportunities to equip Safety & Mission Assurance (SMA) community members with critical knowledge, skills, and tools, including NASA’s SMA Technical Excellence Program (STEP), and the Guest Lecture series.
Learn negotiating skills that promote effective leadership.
Develops negotiating and bargaining skills.
Agency- and center-level policy documentation directories.
A comprehensive catalog of all agency- and center-level policy directives, including access to ‘Other Policy Documents’, ‘Reports,’ and ‘Useful Links.’
Critical Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) policy documents.
Links from the Office of the Chief Engineer to 18 different handbooks, memos, compliance matrices, and other guidance.
Understanding collision risks and designing for demise.
Introduces participants to orbital debris environment characterization and mitigation.
Strategies to pass the PMP® Exam.
Acquaints participants with the 44 Project Management Institute (PMI)® processes, their inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs that comprise approximately 80 percent of the PMP® exam.
Learn to write effective Performance Based Statements of Work.
Demonstrates the advantages of PBSOW as opposed to a level-of-effort (LOE) statement of work.
Present with confidence and authenticity.
Successful persuasion depends on the ability to present with confidence and authenticity. For a technical workforce, this calls for developing a set of skills that are broadly applicable in contexts ranging from team meetings to senior leader briefings.
Learn to do a more effective job acquiring whatever your projects need to succeed.
Provides students with a basic understanding of the NASA acquisition/procurement process across the complete project life cycle.
Application of PM&SE processes.
Enhances proficiency in applying PM and SE processes/practices over the project life cycle.
Project Management principles.
Fundamentals and techniques of project management to apply immediately on the job for the non-Technical NASA workforce.
A link to Project Management Institute (PMI) learning resources.
This portal provides access to featured topics, online courses, publications, and webinars, as well as tools and templates for project managers.
Identify, understand, and practice effective leadership behaviors in a project team setting.
Introduces students to a highly interactive experiential program anchored by a complex computer simulation.
Learn project management fundamentals across the entire project life cycle.
Teaches proven strategies and practical tools for planning, executing, and controlling a variety of projects.
Applied Project Management.
Learning to understand the different management needs of introverts, ambiverts and extroverts.
Using scope to create better products.
Provides a fundamental understanding of how project teams can develop winning products - designed for intact teams.
Using scope to create better products.
Provides a fundamental understanding of how project teams can develop winning products.
Making risk-conscious mission choices.
Introduces students to both the Risk Informed Decision Making (RIDM) and Continuous Risk Management (CRM).
Evaluating and practicing RIDM and CRM.
Gives students the opportunity to evaluate and practice application of the Risk Informed Decision Making (RIDM) and Continuous Risk Management (CRM) in the context of NASA projects and programs.
Learn to develop effective measures for scheduling and controlling projects.
Focuses on managing project constraints including limits on time, human resources, materials, budget, and specifications. It also helps participants to develop effective measures for scheduling and controlling projects.
Highlights the basics of project scheduling.
Designing missions from scratch.
Provides an integrated view of space science mission design and operations.
Hands-on mission design.
Demonstrates real-life experiences for conceptualizing and designing space missions.
Promoting better engineering judgements.
Provides participants the opportunity to explore seven key engineering design axioms projects and programs.
A case study book comprised of stories collected from key members of four project teams.
An exploration of four remarkable projects: the Advanced Composition Explorer (NASA), the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (U.S. Air Force), the Pathfinder Solar-Powered Airplane (NASA), and the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (U.S. Air Force).
Hands-on software project management.
This course is designed to improve software project management skills and help software and system managers make better decisions.
Creating overall mission architectures.
Provides practical, detailed approaches, and tools to analyze and design manned and unmanned space missions.
Orchestrating infrastructure, processes, and people to support successful space missions.
Taking a process-oriented approach, the course provides an in-depth view of the entirety of space mission operations, including the concept of operations and all functions that are performed in support of a space mission.
Building the right system with the right design.
Demonstrates the processes, information, and tools necessary to implement a credible verification, integration, and test program.
Learn to think strategically.
Introduces concepts and methods for using strategic thinking as a logical foundation upon which to shape project definition and management.
Understanding the engineering decision-making challenges associated with various baselines, gates and phases of the NASA
Improving team leadership skills.
Building capabilities for managing and facilitating team processes necessary to achieve successful team performance.
Working effectively within a team.
Teaches strategies on how to be an effective member of a team and have the opportunities to put these strategies into practice.
Understanding the conditions for use of various contract types.
Provides an overview of the contract types used most frequently in federal contracting.
Basic Earned Value Management.
Provides a high-level understanding of EVM concepts as well as techniques for analyzing EVM data.
Improving technical communication.
Provides Intensive instruction in technical writing to help improve technical communication skills.