Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra, Australia

Camaraderie is one significant advantage that small teams have over large teams. Small teams also possess the capability to swiftly respond to project problems. This article discusses how the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), a unit of the Australian Department of Defence, successfully carried out a fast-track project--using a team of seven instead of its typical 20-member team--that involved retiring one naval oil tanker and replacing it with what was originally planned as a new vessel but ended up being a previously used commercial tanker that the DMO refurbished. In doing so, it explains the process that the team used to locate its previously used vessel; it identifies the changes that the vessel needed in order to function as a military ship. It describes the key personality trait that the project manager looked for when selecting individuals to work on the project team. It also overviews how the project manager and the project vendors collaborated to ensure that work was completed on schedule.
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