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									                              NASA PM Challenge 2011: “Explore and Inspire”

                                               CALL FOR SPEAKERS
NASA invites interested speakers to submit proposals for PM Challenge 2011, the agency’s eighth annual PM
Challenge. The theme for 2011 is Explore and Inspire. PM Challenge 2011 will focus on the exciting challenges in
aeronautics and space exploration that lie ahead and the knowledge, ideas, tools, and processes NASA stakeholders
can share to help meet those challenges.

Speaker proposal topics should relate to one of the following tracks:

Game Changing Innovation Strategies – A major element of project success relies on increasing the performance of
technologies and systems. Often these require new ways of thinking about problems to be defined, alternative design
thinking, and innovation in problem definition, execution and collaboration. Given the multiple technological and
integration choices faced by project managers, how can project managers use innovation tools and strategies to
maximize technology and systems performance in the early stages of project definition, and later in project execution?
This track will showcase many of the innovative and creative approaches to enabling innovation, from game changing
innovation to incremental improvements in performance.

Lessons Learned – We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it. How can past missions help us improve how
we address the challenges of readying future missions? This track will introduce lessons learned and challenge thinking
on how to lead future missions toward greater success.

PM Perspectives – This track provides an opportunity for project managers and team members to share new ideas,
process improvements, or innovative approaches in project management with their colleagues and peers from
throughout the Agency.

Systems Engineering – Systems engineering and engineering management are disciplines critical to any project’s
mission success. What are lessons learned and innovative solutions that can heighten this discipline’s contributions?
This track will feature new ideas that can ensure high value systems engineering.

Business and Budgeting – The business of aeronautics and space exploration challenges program and project
managers to improve performance and innovate. What lessons learned can the business and budgeting stakeholders
share with the Agency stakeholders? This fascinating track will present ideas, experiences, and lessons learned on the
business side of programs and projects.

Risk, Safety and Mission Assurance – Safety and mission assurance remain core to NASA culture. How can project
managers identify and deal with risk, promote mission success, and prevent disastrous failure? This track will offer
cutting-edge ideas and solutions to help project managers better address the complexities of risk, safety, and mission
assurance on NASA programs and projects.

Policy & Guidance – NASA's Program and Project Management policy continues to evolve. This track will feature
Agency experts who will review new and ongoing NASA policy and guidance and increase understanding of their

Managing Contracts – Contracts account for the majority of the NASA budget. These sessions will present innovative
ways to manage contracts and provide a forum to discuss lessons learned.

Words of Wisdom – Most project managers have questions for NASA management and seek opportunities to explore
issues outside the pressures of daily project life. What are the topics of interest affecting program or project success?
This track will present senior leaders and provide an opportunity for informal, insightful dialogue on key topics affecting
Agency and project success.

Complex Projects – NASA’s projects are the most technically complex and programmatically challenging of any
attempted in any field. How does a project manager identify and deal with the unique challenges of this complex world?
This track provides an opportunity to learn how project managers have met challenges resulting from complex program
and project environments.

IT and S/W Engineering – Information technology and software development both play key roles in assisting NASA in
achieving its mission. What are the techniques and methods that experienced practitioners use and the challenges that
they face in delivering IT and software products that meet the Agency’s needs? What are the ramifications of new policy
initiatives and Agency requirements in the IT and software development areas? This track focuses on management of
NASA IT programs and projects and the management of software development in both the mission and institutional
arenas. This track will help managers and system engineers obtain a better understand of the IT and software
development sensitivities and considerations on mission and institutional projects.

Cost Estimating – Estimating the cost of complex aeronautical and space missions is a demanding and important task
for NASA. Leverage the knowledge, experience and ideas which our speakers will share in this highly informative track.

Independent Review in Action – NASA uses an independent review process that has led to NASA’s outstanding
record of success in program and project management. How can an independent review process provide
knowledgeable, objective insights into decision making? This track will describe the independent review process and
how to make it work for you and lead to ever stronger project performance.

Earned Value Management – Earned Value Management is a proven, integrated project management methodology
that can help projects finish on time and within budget. How can a project use Earned Value to improve project
management? This track will describe the EVM methodology and how NASA is promoting its use.

Scheduling – Time is money, and proper schedule management is vital to mission success at NASA. What are
practical approaches to scheduling that will contribute to effective project management? This track will highlight ideas
and techniques for better scheduling.

People and Teams – The more complex the program or project, the more challenging the teamwork issues. How do
talented people work together effectively to resolve complex challenges? This track introduces ways to manage
teamwork in the face of project complexity.

Facilities – Construction and maintenance of NASA’s infrastructure assets are critical to mission success and present
unique challenges. What are some of those challenges, and how are the Agency’s facilities leaders tackling them? This
track will describe some of the key issues and productive responses to those issues.

    Requirement                            Instructions                    Deadline                 Send Via:
 250 word summary of           You will fill out a form online that will
 proposed presentation for                                                               Go to the following url to fill out
                               prompt you for the information on the
 Website.                                                                  August 6,     online form:
                               left. Presentation titles must not
                                                                             2010        http://pmchallenge.gsfc.nasa.gov/
 Synopsis                      exceed eight words.
 50 word synopsis of your
presentation for the
Program Guide.
250 word summary of
relevant experience for
Presentation Material
Presentations for the PM Challenge must not include a sales pitch or advertisement for any company, product, or service.
All presentations will be posted on the PM Challenge website after the training event. All speakers are required to submit
their final PowerPoint presentations by December 3, 2010.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in the speaker’s and presentation’s removal from the agenda.
No speaker will be permitted to "walk on" with a presentation that PM Challenge Management has not previously reviewed.
These requirements are non-negotiable, so please plan your presentation preparations to ensure compliance.

Please plan your production schedule so that you can submit your presentation by December 3, 2010.

The PowerPoint presentation on file December 3, 2010, is the final version. We will not accept late submissions or
revisions to the presentation after the due date, December 3, 2010.

Time allotted:                  Presentation must be in PowerPoint                        Further instructions will be
55 minutes including            and be PC-compatible.                    December 3,      provided once the submission has
time for Q&A                                                                2010          been selected.

The Speaker Manager will        Speaker Manager will contact you for                      The Speaker Manager will contact
provide registration            registration.                                             you.
instructions. You do not
need to register on the
regular attendee
registration site unless your
proposal is not accepted.
Presentation At PM Challenge
Delivery of prepared            Specific location and time of your                        The Speaker Manager will contact
presentation during your        presentation will be coordinated prior   February 9-10,   you.
scheduled session.              to PM Challenge by the Speaker               2011

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