Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2008


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Project Management Framework

Course Number

EMGT 510


National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) was formed in 1958; it has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. Many private sectors have been adapted NASA technology for many non-aerospace uses. In aerospace exploration, NASA always is being a leading force in science and technology in terms of scientific research and stimulating public interest. NASA completed some of most challenging and complex engineering tasks successfully in this nation that program/project management carried out the most of key success factors and offered a great potential that allow NASA to continue to lead the world with engineering and technology. NASA's successes — from Mercury to Apollo to the Space Shuttle to Mars Pathfinder — have been based on its people, processes, execution and technology [1], in which NASA has a significant infrastructure of processes and requirements in place to enable robust program and project management. In order to sustain this level of success and aim of a new vision for NASA projects and programs that continued adherent to “Faster, Better, Cheaper” paradigm, NASA need to put efforts in a series of ongoing continuous improvement steps designed to refocus on the concept of Mission Success First. NASA’s Mission Success First vision mainly focuses on mission success by utilizing a well developed project and program management infrastructure in which success criteria are established, solid engineering discipline is employed, and every individual in the organization to take personal ownership for their product development efforts. Its nominal and contingency mission scenario also relies on a robust system that is designed, developed and delivered by continuously managing risk.


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