The Knowledge Sharing Initiative promotes excellence in project management and engineering leadership development. Its primary strategy focuses on gathering and sharing knowledge and wisdom from the best program/project and engineering leaders across the Agency. This initiative has proven to be an effective catalyst in building and supporting ongoing NASA communities of practice.
Dialogue through narratives and informal storytelling is used to give practitioners a sense of the context in which experience has been acquired, obstacles overcome, successes achieved. The storytelling conversational format also helps the practitioners grasp the tacit nature of the knowledge being shared.
Knowledge Sharing Tools
Forums, conferences, publications, and multimedia provide NASA managers, scientists, and engineers with examples and lessons learned while leading teams through the various steps of project management.
- Award-winning ASK Magazine
- Monthly electronic newsletter ASK the Academy
- Robust case studies used throughout NASA to facilitate discussion and learning
On the APPEL Web site are Knowledge Sharing broadcasts video clips of leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of knowledge management, project management, and systems engineering. To further promote the sharing of knowledge, work is currently under way to create and make accessible to the larger APPEL community, an internal online library of archived APPEL footage, including video of past events, speakers and other knowledge sharing activities.