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Procedural
Requirements
NPR 7120.5F
Effective Date: August 03, 2021
Expiration Date: August 03, 2026
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY FOR NASA EMPLOYEES

Subject: NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements

Responsible Office: Associate Administrator


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Table of Contents

Preface

P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicablcable Documents and Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Key Policy Changes to NPR 7120.5 Revision F Since Revision E
1.2 Background
1.3 Overview of Management Process
1.4 Acquisition
1.5 Document Structure

Chapter 2. NASA Life Cycles for Space Flight Programs and Projects

2.1 Programs and Projects
2.2 Program and Project Life Cycles
2.3 Program and Project Oversight and Approval
2.4 Approving and Maintaining Program and Project Plans, Baselines, and Commitments

Chapter 3. Program and Project Management Roles and Responsibilities

3.1 Governance
3.2 Roles and Responsibilities
3.3 Technical Authority
3.4 Process for Handling Formal Dissent
3.5 Principles Related to Tailoring Requirements
3.6 Reimbursable Space Flight Work
3.7 Use of the Metric System

Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. Compliance Matrix and Tailoring Guidance and Resources
Appendix D. Program Commitment Agreement Template

D.1 PCA Title Page
D.2 PCA Template

Appendix E. Formulation Authorization Document Template

E.1 Program FAD Title Page
E.2 Project FAD Title Page
E.3 Program/Project FAD Template

Appendix F. Project Formulation Agreement Template

F.1 Formulation Agreement Template Instructions
F.2 Formulation Agreement Title Page

Appendix G. Program Plan Template

G.1 Template Instructions
G.2 Program Plan Title Page
G.3 Program Plan Template

Appendix H. Project Plan Template

H.1 Template Instructions
H.2 Project Plan Title Page
H.3 Project Plan Template

Appendix I. Program and Project Products by Phase
Appendix J. References

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1-1 Programmatic Requirements Hierarchy
Table 2-1 Project Categorization Guidelines
Table 2-2 Convening Authorities for Standing Review Board
Table 2-3 Expected Maturity State Through the Life Cycle of Uncoupled and Loosely Coupled Programs
Table 2-4 Expected Maturity State Through the Life Cycle of Tightly Coupled Programs
Table 2-5 Expected Maturity State Through the Life Cycle of Projects and Single-Project Programs
Table 2-6 Objectives for Other Reviews
Table C-1 Compliance Matrix
Table D-1 Sample Program Commitment Agreement Activities Log
Table I-1 Uncoupled and Loosely Coupled Program Milestone Products and Control Plans Maturity Matrix
Table I-2 Tightly Coupled Program Milestone Products Maturity Matrix
Table I-3 Tightly Coupled Program Plan Control Plans Maturity Matrix
Table I-4 Project Milestone Products Maturity Matrix
Table I-5 Project Plan Control Plans Maturity Matrix
Table I-6 Single-Project Program Milestone Products Maturity Matrix
Table I-7 Single-Project Program Plan Control Plans Maturity Matrix

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1-1 Institutional Requirements Flow Down
Figure 2-1 Programmatic Authority Organizational Hierarchy
Figure 2-2 NASA Uncoupled and Loosely Coupled Program Life Cycle
Figure 2-3 NASA Tightly Coupled Program Life Cycle
Figure 2-4 NASA Single-Project Program Life Cycle
Figure 2-5 NASA Project Life Cycle
Figure 2 6 Example of Agreements and Commitments in Terms of Cost for Projects
Figure D-1 Program Commitment Agreement Title Page
Figure E-1 Program Formulation Authorization Document Title Page
Figure E-2 Project Formulation Authorization Document Title Page
Figure F-1 Formulation Agreement Title Page
Figure G-1 Program Plan Title Page
Figure H-1 Project Plan Title Page
Figure H-2 Standard Level 2 WBS Elements for Space Flight Projects


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