Agile Software Development and the Space Shuttle LiOH Lab
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The LiOH (Lithium Hydroxide) Laboratory produced the Environmental Control Life Support System (ECLSS) air-purification cartridges used in the Space Shuttle during flight and on the International Space Station. These cartridges, commonly called LiOH cartridges, were a mission-critical flight element, and one of the few systems that had no backup. There could be absolutely no exceptions in any of the processing and quality steps. Without the LiOH air purification cartridges in active use during flight, the astronaut crew would quickly suffocate.
The LiOH software development team produced the LiOH cartridge production tracking software and created a variety of new reports using Agile Project Management techniques. Using these techniques, a project that was originally estimated to take 18 months was finished in six months. This effort helped maintain the LiOH Lab’s status as a facility that never once delivered a product that failed to meet specifications or put the safety of an astronaut at risk.
Presenter: Dr. Stephen M. Schneider
Dr. Stephen M. Schneider worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 1980 to 2010, leading a variety of software projects to create software applications supporting Space Shuttle ground operations. Those applications included systems organizing the production of flight critical Lithium Hydroxide air purification cartridges (used on both the Shuttle and Space Station), the Quick Disconnect hardware (used to transfer hypergolic propellants), and the Problem Reporting System (used to initiate repair on heat shield tiles after each mission). Those software systems won a variety of NASA Space Act and other awards and were featured in NASA publications. Dr. Schneider has been Core Faculty at Capella University since 2010, and is a member of the Project Management Institute holding Project Management Professional (PMP), Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), and Agile Certified Practioner (PMI-ACP) certifications.
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