NASA Leadership, Team Building & Management Program — How to Build Powerful Social Infrastructures in Project Teams – New Workshop announced for IPMA World Congress in Crete


4 October 2012 – Athens, Greece – The organizing team for the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management being held in Crete in late October have announced a major new pre-congress workshop, NASA’s Team Management and Leadership Program.  The all-day learning event will be held on Sunday, 28 October 2012 at the World Congress venue in Crete, Greece.  The instructor is Dragos Bratasanu.  More information at http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

Workshop Description

NASA’s official Team Management and Leadership Program has boosted team performance in over 1500 NASA project teams, engineering teams and management teams, including the people responsible for NASA’s most complex missions – the Space Shuttle, space telescopes, robots on Mars and space missions. Used by organizations around the world, the system has been shown to improve project and programme delivery and is especially useful for multiple projects and mission critical environments.

These tools are used by the NASA Academy of Project / Programme & Engineering Leadership to reduce the risk of failure and maximize performance in their teams. The workshop is based on the book “How NASA Builds Teams” (Wiley, 2009). It is personally endorsed by Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Director of Astrophysics, Professor of Leadership, and Leader of The Hubble Telescope Team.

Workshop Strengths

  • 5000% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Team Performance
  • 2100% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Individual Performance
  • Offers a clear diagnosis for team risk and performance
  • Uses a proven standard from NASA to measure performance against
  • Develops people from the first assessment
  • Produces assessments that are brief, clear and action able
  • Sets a clear baseline for actions
  • Uses repetition to reinforce learning
  • Justifies the investment through verified, scientifically-sound quantitative data
  • Reveals how to turn insights into immediate actions

According to Dr. Charles Pellerin, Former NASA Director of Astrophysics, “This is the most effective team building and risk reduction system in existence.”

This workshop is offered by the NASA Academy of Project / Program & Engineering Leadership to NASA teams.  It is being used by organizations such as NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Boeing, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Ernst & Young, nuclear agencies and many other organizations world-wide.  To see a short video produced by the workshop speaker, click the image at left, or navigate to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6qnedHfulg.

Workshop Benefits

According to the IPMA announcement, upon completing the workshop participants will

* Communicate decisions in a way that fosters willing reception

* Understand the deep importance of a project mindset and learn how to shift mindsets to optimize the different phases of a project

* Learn how to discover the culture of a sponsor / funding partner from RFPs and how to tailor the proposal to this culture in order to win the contract

* Understand behaviors that affect team leadership, teamwork, and organizational interfaces

* Select effective actions to improve personal behaviors and increase effectiveness and efficiency of teams

* Understand the key behavioral norms that need to be address to increase project / programme performance

* Know team’s performance value in relationship to over 300 NASA teams and the steps needed to progress

* Benefit from over 5000% ROI for the entire team

Speaker’s short biography

“Dragos Bratasanu is a highly creative and innovative personality. Being 100% committed to his vision, he always focuses on new ways to expand the quality and value of services and benefits for his clients and partners. Inherently conceptual and following new, great ideas, Dragos reveals innovative, sometimes magical solutions to challenges.

He deeply understands the forces that drive the success of a team, appreciates the value of team members, thus fostering willing and energizing collaborations. Creating social environments of high trustworthiness and efficient action, Dragos is growing into a wonderful space leader.”

— Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Former Director of Astrophysics, Leader of Hubble Telescope Team

Enrolment for this Pre-Congress Workshop: €290.  For more information, go to http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

The theme for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Integrating Project Management Standards. Integrate your own standards for project and program success at this 2012 IPMA World Congress. Play a part in the design of the Congress with your proposals; interact in vibrant sessions and workshops; rejoice in the wide publication of the results. There is a way forward in times of economic challenges. Project Management and you should be part of it.  Visit http://www.ipma2012.gr/index.php for information or to register.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. Next to being the home of the first European civilisation – the Minoan civilization dating 5000 years ago — the island offers mountains and sandy beaches which belong among the finest in the world. Crete has a mild Mediterranean climate and the conference participants will have the opportunity to taste one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world and to enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality.

26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held at the spectacular Creta Maris Beach Resort, just 24 kilometres from Heraklion International Airport and close to the fishing village of Hersonissos, near a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear water.

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure. The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John – Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch