Roger Forsgren served as the Chief Knowledge Office (CKO) of NASA from 2013 to 2021. As CKO, he led NASA’s Knowledge Management efforts, ensuring that the agency’s workforce had access to the critical knowledge needed for mission success.
He also served as Director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership, internally known as APPEL, the agency’s education and training program in the fields of Project Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering, and Leadership Development.
Roger most recently is the author of the book, “Lean Knowledge Management: How NASA Implemented a Practical KM Program” where he lays out the principles, tactics, and strategies he implemented at NASA during his tenure as the Chief Knowledge Officer.
In this conversation, Roger talks to Swami and Vignesh about his career at NASA, the foundational ideas that underlie the practice of Knowledge Management, and why being at the intersection of history and engineering is a unique competitive advantage.