MSFC Program Planning & Control Course Descriptions
Course ID Course Name Course Length
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series and will
cover the fundamental concepts of earned value management. How
work is planned (organized, budgeted, scheduled, earned value
methods), and progress assessed will be covered. The importance
and value of the Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) process will be
1 OEVM Overview of Earned Value Management address also. How earned value management data analysis can 4 hours
improve project management will also be covered. Earned value
management data analysis for addressing ongoing problems as well as
its usefulness for accurate forecasting of cost and schedule at
completion of a project will be taught also.
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series. XML
Connect is a NASA In-house project earned value baseline tool
capability. It provides a means to enter earned value data into an
excel based spread sheet. It can then be used to establish your budget
In-house Project Baseline Tool (XML baseline in wInsight. XML Connect can be used if your project does
2 PBT not have an earned value engine. This class will focus on getting your 3 hours
Connect & wInsight Web)
data loaded into XML Connect and the steps to have it electronically
imported into wInsight. There will be a demo and hands on training.
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series.
wInsight is the preferred tool for analyzing, sharing, consolidating, and
reporting earned value management data. wInsight functions as a high-
end earned value management system for engaging technical
3 WSW wInsight 6.3 (EVM Analysis Tool) managers, senior managers, and program control professionals in 2 hours
proactive project management. You will learn how to access and,
navigate wInsight Web sort windows, reports, and charts along with
wInsight companion self training capability. There will be a demo and
hands on training.
This is a course in the Program Planning & Control Series. The
objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the concepts
and principles of Continuous Risk management and to understand the
4 RISKM Risk Management considerations involved in planning and implementing Continuous Risk 1 1/2 hours
Management. The class will benefit anyone requiring a greater
understanding of the continuous risk management process.
This course is one of the Program Planning and Control Series and is
an overview course that provides the participants an introduction to
the data management and configuration process performed at MSFC.
Included in this course are data types, data management life cycle,
5 CADM Configuration and Data Management data manager's responsibilities and MSFC requirements and 4 hours
processes. The class will benefit anyone requiring a greater
understanding of the MSFC configuration and data management
requirements and processes.
Project Scheduling is one of the courses in the Program Planning &
Control Series. This course will provide students with an overview of
how schedules are developed, their value and use. The course will
also familiarize participants with scheduling terminology, acronyms,
processes, approaches and techniques. It is designed to provide
6 PROSCH Project Scheduling information on WBS correlation, task level of detail, schedule logic, 4 hours
durations, critical path, resources and maintenance and updating of a
schedule.Through class exercise, participants will learn how to
calculate the project critical path. No prior scheduling experience is
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series. It is an
introduction to the fundamentals of pre- and post-award processes,
7 CONADM Contract Administration with a focus on program/project interfaces with the contracting officer. 4 hours
The class will benefit anyone requiring a greater understanding of the
contract administration process.
Introduction to Work Breakdown Structure is a course in the Program
Planning & Control Series and will provide students with an overview of
how work breakdown structures are developed, their value and use.
WBS types and techniques are emphasized, as well as the importance
8 WBS Work Breakdown Structure of the involvement of both technical and business personnel who 4 hours
support the project. This class will benefit anyone requiring a greater
understanding of the WBS process, especially support team members
for projects that are in the formulation phase.
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series. It will
provide participants with insight into the difference between managing
technology programs and flight hardware programs. It will discuss the
importance of establishing an external advisory group, and the
importance of having access to the appropriate technical skills in order
to accurately establish initial requirements. The course will address
9 MTP Managing a Technology Program Technology Readiness Level (TRL) assessment, and describe a 4 hours
process for establishing the degree of difficulty in advancing to higher
TRLs. It will also address how to layout technology roadmaps, and
implementation plans. The importance of setting appropriate
milestones will also be discussed along with the relation of TRL
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MSFC Program Planning & Control Course Descriptions
Course ID Course Name Course Length
NASA / MSFC Budget Overview will provide participants with an
overview of the agency's budget structure, key terminology and budget
10 NMBO NASA / MSFC Budget Overview formulation process. The class will benefit anyone requiring a greater 4 hours
understanding of the budget process.
This course is part of the Program Planning & Control Series. It
covers introductory overhead concepts, providing a sequence of
instruction that is appropriate for personnel being assigned to program
projects where contract overhead is an important element of cost.
11 OR Contract Overhead Rates Emphasis is on the overhead process, cost principles, rate 4 hours
development and contract pricing applications. Introduction to
Overhead Rates lays the foundation for the study and practice of
Intermediate Overhead Analysis.
This course is one of the Program Planning & Control Series, it is an
introduction to Cost Estimating & Analysis. It will provide participants
with an overview of how cost estimates are developed, their purpose
12 SPCE Space Project Cost Estimating and use. This course will familiarize participants with cost estimating 4 hours
terminology, acronyms, processes, methods, and techniques. The
class will benefit anyone desiring an understanding of the cost
This is one of the courses in the Program Planning & Control series.
The course is designed to provide technical managers with information
concerning: -Earned Value Management (EVM) concepts; -Integration
of cost and schedule; -Means to quantatively measure the
Earned Value Management for Technical
13 EVMTM performance of contracts and projects; -Better independent projections 4 hours
Managers of Estimate at Completion (EAC) costs; -And the identification of risks.
This course is meant for technical personnel who have not taken any
of the other EVM courses offered at MSFC.
The Earned Value Management (EVM) Data Analysis class will cover
EVM analysis techniques allowing the student to integrate information
from a contractor's Cost Performance Report (CPR), schedule and
technical performance data. Students will identify the principal cost
and schedule drivers from available information, bearing in mind the
technical risk aspects of the contract. Attendees will use cost,
14 EVMDA Earned Value Management Data Analysis technical and schedule performance information, analyze cost and 8 hours
schedule performance trends for all levels of the contract work
breakdown structure. Using this information, the student will be able to
assess the contractor's estimate at completion and develop their own
independent estimate(s) at completion.
This is one of the Program Planning & Control Series. The objective
of this course is to provide a methodology for determining a schedule's
credibility and usability for managing a project. To that end, this
course will provide guidance in determining if a schedule is complete,
15 SAA Schedule Assessment & Analysis 4 hours
has the correct basis and structure, determine schedule validity, and
provide guidance in schedule analysis. The course is for both
scheduler and non-scheduler personnel.
Managing risk is a daily challenge for project managers. This
discussion focuses on management of schedule risk, in particular.
The discussion will begin with reasons why this assessment is so
beneficial. A basic flow chart will illustrate the process for conducting a
schedule risk assessment. Various methods for collecting, calculating
and utilizing schedule risk data will be presented. In particular, the
Latin Hypercube Sampling and Monte Carlo methods will be compared
16 SRAS Schedule Risk Assessment and contrasted. There will be a brief discussion on "special conditions" 4 hours
such as conditional processing and probabilistic branching.
Interpretation of the schedule risk data will also be discussed. The
course objective is to familiarize those in attendance with the schedule
risk assessment process and techniques to better enable their use in
this valuable tool in managing projects of all types and sizes.
Instructors from CS40 Organization
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