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PSPMI Presents: Ed Hoffman – The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People, and Projects
September 22, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The world of work has changed. Organizations and project managers are grappling with unprecedented change, driven by profound shifts in disruptive technology, demographics, customer expectations, new ways of working and new ways of leading. Virtually every organization and person are presently going through some level of transformation or change and asking how to deliver value faster, smarter and more efficiently and with the right talent. Such disruption offers a great opportunity for people entering the project workplace. Whether you are transitioning in the middle of your career, an immigrant, or simply looking to re-establish your leadership capabilities, times of change are times of opportunity.
This session is based on over 70 years of research and experience from three leaders who worked for NASA and other successful organizations. The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People, and Projects, is the new book that provides a framework for navigating the future of work. The Smart Mission is centered on the human element and expertise for successful teaming. While there is a tendency to prioritize process and technology, success is dependent on human collaboration and exchange. Drawing on examples, stories, and case studies from NASA and other organizations, we will explore six factors – learning, knowledge, teaming, global collaboration, culture, and story – that promote a smart mission. You will be able to use a framework for project success that works whether you are leading a multi-national organization or starting a small business.
Dr. Ed Hoffman is the CEO, Knowledge Strategies, LLC. Knowledge Strategies is engaged in research, education, and consulting services in support of organization performance. He has co-authored the upcoming book, ‘The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People and Projects,’ for 2022 release by MIT Press (https://amzn.to/3MIR7qu). He is currently researching and designing a curriculum sequence on the future of work, for Columbia University.
Dr. Hoffman is Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, where he researches and leads courses entitled, ‘Navigating the Future of Work,’ and ‘Foundations of Knowledge-based Organizations.’ His research indicates that intangibles of ideas, conversation, gratitude, and collaboration are critical for organization growth.
Dr. Hoffman serves as Strategic Advisor for the Project Management Institute, with a focus on supporting organizations around knowledge, learning, and leadership for teams.
He retired from a wonderful journey with NASA as a Senior Executive. At NASA, he was the first NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, and founder of the NASA Academy for Program, Project, and Engineering Leadership.
Following the Columbia Space Shuttle failure, he led a small team that designed the NASA Strategic Management and Governance approach. He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2010.
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