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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.

Affordabililty in US Defense

by Alan Heckler, Tyler Skarda
July 11, 2012 | 45:33 | Views: 387 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.22 / 7

The entire defense value chain stands on the precipice of significant change triggered by severe budget pressures. During the past 10 years the defense budget has experienced unprecedented growth. Now that trajectory has turned, and DoD stands at a crossroads in which the alternative paths to meeting its budget challenges imply very different consequences—namely, reduce scope, or maintain scope and dramatically change the way business is done. Successes in the commercial sector offer government and the defense industry a way forward, but they also beg a key question: Can defense value chains respond similarly? A.T. Kearney interviewed participants across the entire spectrum of the defense value chain from Tier 3’s to Primes and from government Program Managers to Pentagon policy makers to understand their perspectives on impediments and potential actions on improving defense affordability. This webinar will cover their findings.

Should Cost Reviews

by Randall Garber
July 20, 2012 | 58:24 | Views: 312 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.61 / 7

In April 2011, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics issued a directive requiring broad use of Should Cost Reviews (SCRs) for major acquisition programs. Since then, some additional direction has been provided by USD ATandL, yet many SPOs are still grappling with the what and how of SCRs. A.T. Kearney's private sector and defense experience indicates that SCRs can be a valuable tool in helping drive program affordability if conducted with a focus on determining actionable cost reduction outcomes. This session will address the question: Pragmatically, how can SCRs be conducted to make real cost impact versus becoming just another study?

Reinventing Communications for Success in Govt Projects

by Mark Phillips
November 07, 2014 | 59:14 | Views: 931 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.46 / 7

This session introduces a ground-breaking approach to thinking about communication for improved project performance. This presentation is focused on the underlying principals at work within organizations that deliver high performing programs and a revolutionary new way to understand and utilize the power of communication to create an environment which ensures long-term success and the delivery of competitive advantage.

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.

Relative Agility

by David Hussman
October 13, 2011 | 61:13 | Views: 280 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.55 / 7

Ten years ago, a new way of working was branded Agile. At that time, many of the practitioners were living on the edge, challenging people and process in ways that were sometimes good but other times overly extreme. Ten years later, agile methods and agile practices are less radical and even more able to provide a competitive advantages if applied pragmatically. In this session, David Hussman will share experience and techniques for introducing agile methods into high governance and high criticality environments. David has successfully introduced agility in medical devices development, aerospace, defense and many government funded projects. The session will explain techniques used to select practices, introduce them and measure their success. Please sign in armed with an open mind and a pile of questions and healthy skepticism

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