Knowledge Workshops

Knowledge Sharing Workshops

The Goddard learning culture thrives on opportunities to share and learn. Knowledge Sharing Workshops (KSWs) are primarily focused on project lessons to help the Goddard project community share lessons, observations and experiences with all those who contribute to Goddard’s missions.

Case Studies Workshop Series - Spring 2013 Schedule

Sponsored by the Office of the Chief Knowledge Officer (OCKO) and the Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM)

  • March 21, 2013: WEST Procurement 
    As part of NASA’s IT Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P), the Web Enterprise Service Technologies (WEST) procurement sought to provide a consolidated single point-of-entry Web environment and to integrate NASA’s general interest public-audience content for the Agency. 
    The first solicitation released within I3P, WEST, spent the next three years in deliberation and under protest; ending with the WEST requirement being canceled. 
    This case study looks into the details, problems and challenges in the world of contract procurement. 
    Case Study Co-Facilitated by Cindy Tart and Michelle Padfield. 

    Space is limited to 30 participants. All participants must register through SATERN. 
  • April 18, 2013: DART 
    The Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) mission was selected by NASA in 2001 as a high-risk technology demonstration project to advance capabilities in automated
rendezvous and proximity operations and advanced video guidance sensor
technology. DART was designated as a critical stepping stone in developing the capability to autonomously resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The goal was to move the technology from a readiness level (TRL) 4
to 7 - in other words, from component
and/or breadboard validation in a
laboratory environment to system
prototype demonstration in a space environment. 
    At the beginning of the DART project, “...it was a Twenty-two Project Horse Race,” with the risk of cancellation looming large. DART was competing with 22 other mission candidates and had to move out very quickly just to survive the first 10-month “Termination Gate.”
    Case facilitated by Dave Lengyel from NASA Headquarters. 
  • June 19, 2013: EOSDIS

    The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) was started as part of the Earth Observing System (EOS). This system was meant to collect, process, distribute, and archive the large amount of data that was to be generated by the EOS program and to archive and distribute NASA Earth science data. This workshop is open to all employees; space is limited to 30 participants. RSVP through SATERN. June 19 from 11:30 to 12:30pm in Building 8, Room 121. Attend the workshop with special guest, Deputy Center Director, Rick Obenschain, who was also the former Project Manager of EOSDIS.
    What is the purpose of Knowledge Sharing Workshops?
    While Goddard organizes a wide variety of seminars and colloquia in sciences and engineering fields the Knowledge Sharing Workshops are intended to primarily focus on discussions of project management lessons and experiences. A panel format is often useful to present multiple perspectives and to encourage a healthy discussion. Usually senior project leaders share their personal insights, what they learned, and what they might do differently based on their recent project experience. These workshops are attended by emerging project leaders and project support persons at Goddard who want to acquire the practical wisdom necessary to succeed on project teams. To encourage open sharing, these sessions are not recorded. The emphasis on conversation instead of slides and reports frees panelists to bring up any issues that are appropriate to discuss and learn from even if they are not yet completely resolved.

    What is the focus of a Knowledge Sharing Workshop?
    Individual workshops can be organized around a theme (risk management, organizational silence, review process, milestone event, launch, etc…), around a specific project, around a set of related projects, or around the needs of a specific target audience. 

    How do KSWs help build learning at Goddard?
    Knowledge Sharing Workshops tend to facilitate knowledge sharing across projects and across groups who would not otherwise have opportunities to learn from each other. In addition to sharing knowledge this helps people grow their personal networks of people they know and can connect with for help. Pause and Learn (PaL) sessions, on the other hand, are meant to serve the needs of a team and to ensure that the lessons from an experience are shared and articulated within an existing team, Knowledge Sharing Workshops help people connect across projects by sharing their stories or sometimes working through a Case Study.

    Examples of Previous Knowledge Sharing Workshops< >Risk Management Lessons Learned & Stories - #1-AgendaRisk Management Lessons Learned & Stories - #2-AgendaRisk Management Lessons Learned & Stories -#3-AgendaRisk Management Lessons Learned & Stories - #4-AgendaRead "Goddard Speaks up About Organizational Silence", in ASK the Academy, August 31, 2009 — Vol. 2, Issue 8.
  • Read "Reflections on Challenger by Bryan O'Connor" in Ask the Academy, January 31, 2011 — Vol. 4, Issue 1. 

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