VPMC: Smaller, Faster Better: Big Lessons from Small(er) NASA Missions

Welcome to the VPMC: Smaller, Faster Better: Big Lessons from Small(er) NASA Missions! This website is intended to provide all of the information you need to prepare for and attend this event. Please explore the website and review the information provided.

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After the webcast, you may record this session in SATERN. To do so, log in to SATERN and then click on the “Record Learning” link on the right side. Type "Virtual PM Challenge" in the Search Catalog box and press “Next”. Click the “Select” circle to the right of the session "Smaller, Faster Better: Big Lessons from Small(er) NASA Missions" and press “Next”. Fill out the appropriate information to complete recording this session in SATERN.

The Virtual PM Challenge will count as continuous learning for NASA PM certification. Please refer to our online FAQ’s for more information see FAQ#2.


Smaller missions are not necessarily less complex than larger missions. NASA recognizes that small projects are quantitatively and qualitatively different than large missions, and uses the concept of mission classes to provide a framework for project managers to consider the specific needs of their type of mission and determine the best path toward mission success.


The Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge—Smaller, Faster Better: Big Lessons from Small(er) NASA Missions—will look at the Dellingr CubeSat and the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator. Participants will discuss their approach to the challenges of small projects and share lessons learned. Challenges to be discussed include tailoring design and implementation processes, maintaining clear lines of authority and responsibility in an environment where team members frequently wear multiple “hats,” leading a team that includes full-time and part-time staff, and managing resources.



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