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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: 422 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.18 / 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: 355 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.58 / 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: 987 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.43 / 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.

Relative Agility

by David Hussman
October 13, 2011 | 61:13 | Views: 297 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.61 / 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

Systems Engineering Basics

by Mark Waldof
March 25, 2014 | 61:17 | Views: 1,323 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.91 / 7

Learn Some Basics of Systems Engineering and Be Able to Apply These to Your Work. This seminar identifies several core SE practices important to any project and how these practices are integrated with project management fundamentals to form an essential overall management approach. This seminar is an excerpt of a two day skills building class on this topic and is based on many years of industry experience.

What’s Next for Complex Project and Program Mgt? Session 1

by Aaron Shenhar
June 05, 2013 | 63:50 | Views: 384 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.02 / 7

We present Strategic Project Leadership (SPL), which was built on the foundation of traditional project management during twenty years of research and work with corporations, dozens of studies and five PhD dissertations. SPL helps organizations deal with their projects in a flexible and adaptive way, and focus their projects on business results by creating value, competitive advantage, and winning in the marketplace. This integrated, industry-proven, and PMI award-winning approach combines the business-related needs, the operational aspects of getting the job done, and the leadership perspective of inspiring and motivating the team. We use lessons from several famous AD programs to show how project leaders can integrate Strategic Project Leadership into their current practices by building new skills on top of the PMP and the PMBOKGuide areas.

Accelerated Change Management

by Thomas McNellis, James Harrington
February 27, 2013 | 45:60 | Views: 680 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.23 / 7

Change is constantly accelerating and aligning closely with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics “… as systems evolve disorganization and chaos increases ...” All processes in the observable universe follow that same law. Similarly, changes to organizational processes have been accelerating at a much more rapid pace.

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