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PMXPO 2015: From Leading a High Performance Team to Landing on Mars

by Adam Steltzner
April 30, 2015 | 75:31 | Views: 3,018 | PDUs: 1.25 | Rating: 6.32 / 7

With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and setbacks.

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Managing Effective Collaboration in the Early Acquisition Life Cycle Stages of an Enterprise Application for the DoD

by Randall Schmidt, PMP

Collaboration inside the Department of Defense is critical to program success, especially for enterprise-wide applications. DoD program managers face challenges unique to the DoD, including culture, organization dynamics and an abundance of complex statutory and regulatory requirements. Methods explored in this paper can assist the program management office (PMO) in achieving needed collaboration, and putting these in place at inception increases effectiveness.

The Recipe For Risk: Risk Appetite Assessment

by Michael Beller

Risk appetite calculations are making greater penetration in boardrooms across the world. This article overviews how organizations can look at risk appetite across the entire enterprise for assessing their portfolios. In doing so, it reports the results of PMI's 2013 Pulse of the Profession report, which found that for every US$1 million they spent on projects, organizations put US$135,000 at risk. When projects fail, the study found that an average of one-third of the projects' budgets are gone for good. It discusses how organizations can get a holistic view of risk across the portfolio, once an organization knows those risks on each project and identifies several factors that affect risk appetite. The article then details the benefits and perils of the four major risk ingredients: (1) The right tools for the task; (2) global appetites; (3) tricky recipes; and (4) the unknown ingredient. It concludes by examining the last ingredient of risk appetite: the fundamental ability to actually mitigate risks.

The Peril of Partnership

by Mark E. Salesky

The "peril of partnership" is when a business uses a “partnering” theme woven into its proposal, on the mistaken belief that the government really welcomes a partnership. The author argues that a vendor can be more competitive and match better to government expectations by positioning itself as a reliable performer and demonstrating a willingness to pursue cost economies.

Maturity Frameworks for Enterprise Agility in the 21st Century

by John Schlichter, Dr. Jimmie McEver, Dr. Richard E. Hayes

We have seen a growth in the emphasis on acquiring, managing, sharing and exploiting information--and supporting individual and collective decision-making. In particular, more mature organizations have the ability to recognize situational change and to adopt the correct management approach required to meet that change: agility. Two standards provide ways of assessing and developing these capabilities--and both are explored here.

Designated Driver

by Mike Donoghue

If the U.S. Department of Defense has anything to say about it, you could be doing a lot less driving in about 10 years.

Deep Pockets

by Bob Weinstein

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to grow, so do the job opportunities. Read on to find out some of the hot areas where demand exceeds supply.


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