Lessons Learned

This form of knowledge sharing is defined as any lesson that NASA uses to identify and capture best or leading practices, which includes the Lessons Learned Information System vetting process and lessons learned specific to organizations, programs, or projects.

  • Lessons Learned Information System (LLIS) (Public)
    This the public-facing Lesson Learned Database of NASA for capturing and sharing lessons learned. All Centers, Mission Directorates, and supporting organizations within NASA can submit lessons learned to the database.
  • Lessons Learned Information System (LLIS) (NASA Only)
    The primary Lesson Learned Database of NASA, which sits behind a firewall in the NASA Engineering Network (NEN) portal; the database contains the full set of NASA lessons learned and is accessible to the NASA workforce for submitting new lessons learned.

Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

  • Goddard Knowledge Exchange (GKE) (NASA Only)
    This committee comprises representatives from each of the GSFC directorates and implements the GKE lessons learned submission/approval process.

Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEO)

These lessons learned were developed by the Human Spaceflight Capabilities Division and are designed to aid program and project managers in improving work processes and making risk-informed decisions.

  • Knowledge Based Risks (Public)
    Knowledge-Based Risks (KBRs) are interactive modules that capture risks that have been successfully mitigated in the past and that are relevant to current programs and projects.
  • Columbia Accident Investigation Board (Public)
    This module provides a narrative lessons learned report of the investigation including inputs from members of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), the NASA Accident Investigation Team, and the Columbia Task Force. The module also contains video interviews, related documents, and links.
  • Ares I-X Flight Test (Public)
    This module provides accomplishments of Ares I-X while providing a balanced summary of opportunities for improving management approaches and processes for future fast-track demonstration efforts.
  • Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement (Public)
    This module provides lessons learned derived from the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Transition and Retirement (T&R) effort, including: overall management, planning, human capital, real property, personal property, environmental management, historical preservation, document management, and contract closeout.
  • International Space Station – Lessons Learned for Space Exploration (Public)
    This module provides a point-in-time, cumulative summary of key lessons learned derived from the design, fabrication, integration, test, assembly, and operations of the International Space Station (ISS).

Independent Verification and Validation Services (IV&V)

  • IV&V Lessons Learned System Level Procedure (SLP) (Public)
    The purpose of the system level procedure (SLP) is to establish a consistent and documented method of capturing Lessons Learned within the NASA IV&V Program. Lessons learned are a means to leverage knowledge sharing and expertise to increase the overall success of the NASA IV&V Program.

Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

  • Lesson Learned Distilling Team (NASA Only)
    The Lessons Learned Distilling Team supports the Lessons Learned Committee by evaluating Lessons Learned and determining MSFC-specific recommendations for policy, procedure, and practice improvement and actions to infuse the lessons into MSFC culture.

NASA Engineering Network (NEN)

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