NASA’s Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL), has secured its place as the global leader in talent management according to organizational assessment and benchmarking firm Human Systems International (HSI). The global firm, part of the Project Management Institute family, announced that APPEL earned the highest scores ever recorded in an academy assessment, which was based on more than 20 years of Organization Project Management (OPM) expertise and research, and benchmarked against some of the top academies and organizations around the world.
“NASA’s vision and mission demand a workforce with the ability to design, develop, and execute one-of-a-kind projects in aeronautics research, space exploration, and scientific discovery,” said Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer. “APPEL prides itself for its support of this mission through the application of its world-class training curriculum, hands-on development programs, and strategic communications to share project management and engineering lessons throughout the agency. To earn such high scores from HSI is an honor, and is proof that when agencies are committed to learning from the best, excellence can be achieved.”
“APPEL is NASA’s internal resource for technical workforce development. We constantly challenge ourselves to refine our offerings in order to ensure they help enable practitioners to excel and advance mission success. Because of this, we welcome HSI assessments as an opportunity to examine our capabilities and expand our value to NASA,” said Roger Forsgren, APPEL Director. “Going through such rigorous assessments requires intense self-examination as an academy. Over the years, we have been able to objectively clarify the areas that need attention, while highlighting the benefits of our hard work to the entire agency.”
APPEL and HSI have worked together for more than a decade, leveraging HSI’s patented bespoke 4 Quadrant Model to measure APPEL’s project, program and portfolio capabilities and determine the most appropriate steps towards effective, sustainable and measurable improvement. Shaped by these assessments and improvements, APPEL supports individual practitioners and NASA program and project teams at every level of development. The Academy also develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders across the government, industry, academia, and international organizations in order to enhance its innovative training and development offerings.
“APPEL’s achievements as a world-class academy raise the standard for project, program and portfolio management by providing a source of excellence those academies and agencies around the world can learn from,” said Dr. Terry Cooke-Davies, Strategic Advisor for PMI and Founder of HSI. “Its commitment to training and continual improvement, its passionate staff and its supportive stakeholders are testament to NASA’s dedication to its mission, and are attributes that will benefit HSI’s entire network.”