Program Management

Program Management

Business Case Analysis (BCA)

A Business Case Analysis (BCA) is a document that provides a best-value analysis that considers not only cost but other quantifiable and non-quantifiable factors supporting an investment decision. A BCA should aid the decision maker in making an informed product support strategy decision. It should be tailored to inform the Program Manager of the costs, […]

Program Management

Business Case Analysis (BCA) Read More »

Program Management

5 Steps in the Research Process

The research process entails a systematic endeavor to acquire knowledge, resolve issues, or address particular inquiries. The process is a series of systematic procedures that a researcher must undertake to generate valuable knowledge that is relevant to the project and focused on the relevant subject matter. The process is iterative, with each subsequent step being

Program Management

5 Steps in the Research Process Read More »

Program Management

Security Classification Guide (SCG)

The Security Classification Guide (SCG) is part of the Program Protection Plan (PPP). It details how the information will be classified and marked on an acquisition program. It’s the written record of an original classification decision or series of decisions regarding a system, plan, program, or project. The SCG addresses each Critical Program Information (CPI),

Program Management

Security Classification Guide (SCG) Read More »

Program Management

Cross-Functional Team

A cross-functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working toward a common mission and goal. It may include people from finance, marketing, operations, and human resources departments. It may include employees from all levels of an organization (Intra) and may also include people from outside (Inter) an organization (in particular, from

Program Management

Cross-Functional Team Read More »

Program Management

Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM)

Total Life-Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) is a system development approach of managing the development of a system from inception to disposal. The Program Manager (PM) is the single point of accountability for accomplishing program objectives for TLCSM. Consequently, the PM is responsible for the implementation, management, and/or oversight of activities associated with the system’s development,

Program Management

Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) Read More »

Program Management

Team Development Stages

In 1965, Bruce Tuckman discovered that teams go through a team-building process comprised of five stages of growth: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and finally Adjourning.  Teams do not typically go through the team-building process on their own accord.  Teams must be led through the process by their Program Manager (PM). Below is a detailed explanation

Program Management

Team Development Stages Read More »

Program Management

SWOT Analysis

Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threat (SWOT) analysis provides direction and serves as a basis for the development of marketing plans. It accomplishes this by assessing organizations: [1] Strengths: what an organization can do Weaknesses: what an organization cannot do Opportunities: potentially favorable conditions for an organization Threats: potentially unfavorable conditions for an organization. Definition: A SWOT

Program Management

SWOT Analysis Read More »

Program Management

Social Engineering

  Social engineering is a discipline in an acquisition that refers to efforts to influence popular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale.  Program managers spend time social engineering the aspect of their program to get approval, change opinions and/or educate the people around them.  In the political arena, the counterpart of social engineering

Program Management

Social Engineering Read More »

Program Management

Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)

A Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) describes the participation of various organizations, people, and their roles in completing tasks or deliverables for a project. The Program Manager (PM) uses it to clarify roles and responsibilities in a cross-functional team, projects, and processes. A RAM has four primary assignments: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed (also called a RACI

Program Management

Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) Read More »

Program Management

Programmatic Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Evaluation

Programmatic Environmental, Safety and Occupational Evaluation (PESHE) is an overall evaluation of a programs Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) risks and is required for all programs.  The PESHE is part of a program’s Risk Management/Reduction program with the goal to eliminate ESOH hazards, where possible, and manage their associated risks where hazards cannot be

Program Management

Programmatic Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Evaluation Read More »

Program Management

Program Manager (PM)

In Program Management, the Program Manager (PM) is the designated individual with the responsibility for and authority to accomplish program objectives for the development, production, and sustainment to meet the user’s operational needs. Definition: A Program Manager is the individual responsible for the overall COST, SCHEDULE, and PERFORMANCE of a variety of projects across a

Program Management

Program Manager (PM) Read More »

Program Management

Program Management Review (PMR)

A Program Management Review (PMR) is a structured program review that is conducted by the Program Manager (PM) with all key Stakeholders.  A PMR might be conducted at a specific milestone on a program or on a predictable schedule (Monthly, Quarterly, or Semi-Annually).  The PMR should focus on the main deliverables in the Statement of

Program Management

Program Management Review (PMR) Read More »

Program Management

Program Deviation Report (PDR)

A Program Deviation Report (PDR) describes deviations (also called “breaches”) to the Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) to the Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE) and Component Acquisition Executives (CAEs). [1] When the Program Manager (PM) has reason to believe that the current estimate for the program indicates that a performance, schedule, or cost threshold value will not

Program Management

Program Deviation Report (PDR) Read More »

Program Management

Problem Solving

  Problem-solving is a mental process and is part of the larger problem process that includes problem finding and problem shaping. Considered the most complex of all intellectual functions, problem-solving has been defined as a higher-order cognitive process that requires the modulation and control of more routine or fundamental skills. Problem-solving occurs when an organism

Program Management

Problem Solving Read More »