Project Management Institute

Government projects

expecting the unexpected

Like many types of projects, governement projects are subject to shifting priorities, requirements, andschedules, red tape and politics, budgetary fluctuations, and a multitude of other risks. This article provides pointers, including good planning, open communication, expecting the unexpected, and fostering teamwork, for dealing with changing requirements and priorities. Illustrative projects discussed include Raytheon's Tomahawk program, the United States Navy's Super Hornet project, and TRW Corporation's building of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system.
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