APPEL process engineers use an incremental, step-wise approach to assist NASA Centers, support functions, projects, and organizational entities in the development and improvement of processes, including:
Adherence to Appropriate Process Standards
Once an understanding of process needs is clearly identified and agreed to, a technical review is performed using appropriate NASA process standards and requirements and industry best practices to identify gaps and deficiencies. Using technical review findings, APPEL works with the organizational entity to create a process development and implementation plan, around a schedule that satisfies the organization's process needs and priorities based on available resources.
Creating Unique Program Processes
APPEL process engineers are experts in the development of processes that satisfy the requirements of standards such as NPR 7120.5D and NPR 7123.1A, as well as identified business needs. They have assisted in process development at NASA Centers by working directly with project personnel, sharing lessons learned, and providing examples of effective processes currently in use within NASA.
Process Implementation and Deployment
As processes are implemented according to plan, APPEL assists in piloting activities and developing and providing process training as needed. At appropriate implementation stages, the process engineers conduct milestone reviews to assess the effectiveness of deployed processes. APPEL also helps to establish an infrastructure and measurements that foster continued improvement of processes in use.
- Business needs and processes identified.
- Process gaps and deficiencies identified and resolved.
- NASA standards and industry best practices consistently implemented.
- Process effectiveness assessed and understood.
- Clear path to process maturity identified.