Major Reviews


A Major Program Review is a time based event where all key stakeholders on an acquisition program gather to discuss the progress of their program. Usually the review decides if there is sufficient data to suggest that a program can proceed to the next phase of the program. There are two main categories of reviews that take place during the life-cycle of an acquisition program.  These are:

  1. Program
  2. Technical

Program Reviews
Program Reviews are a fundamental part of an acquisition program that focus on cost, schedule and performance. They’re an important oversight tool that the Program Manager (PM) and key Stakeholders can use to review and evaluate the state of the program, re-directing activity if necessary. The majority of program reviews focus on determining if a program has achieved it objectives to-date and will be allowed to proceed into the next acquisition phase.

The main program reviews during an acquisition program are:

Technical Reviews
Technical Reviews are a fundamental part of the Systems Engineering Technical Assessment Process for the PM. They’re an important oversight tool that the PM can use to review and evaluate the state of the system and the program, re-directing activity if necessary. They examine if a program is achieving its technical objectives as detailed in the acquisition strategy. Technical reviews can include an assessment of systems engineering, software, risk management, requirements, technology readiness & development, and the technical baseline.

The most commonly used technical reviews during most acquisition programs are:

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