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NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Handbook

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NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Handbook

NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Handbook – dated September 2014

This handbook is meant to be a companion document to NPR 7120.5E, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements, and “represents the accumulation of knowledge NASA has gleaned on managing program and projects coming out of NASA’s human, robotic, and scientific missions of the last decade.” The document provides implementation guidance for NPR 7120.5E, “which changed and streamlined key procedural requirements across the Agency for space flight program and project management. The goal of the NPR requirements is to ensure programs and projects are developed and successfully executed in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible. This handbook provides context, rationale, and explanation to facilitate the application of requirements so that they make sense and to pass on some of the hard-won best practices and lessons learned.”

The handbook “provides additional details on the cost and schedule estimates, probabilistic assessments, and earned value management as it applies at NASA.” Specific earned value management discussions can be found in Section 4.3.4.2.2, Management Control Processes and Products and Section 5.14, Earned Value Management and Integrated Baseline Reviews.

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