In command

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a large and complex government organization that is responsible for gathering and disseminating vast amounts of information both externally and internally, information that is usually distributed on a need-to-know basis. Practicing project management in such an environment could significantly inhibit a project manager's work were it not for the CIA's highly structured process for managing projects. This article explains the CIA's project management culture, one where project managers serve as the key information source on projects, one which requires that project managers--before a project moves forward--obtain the support of many individuals within the organization's hierarchy, individuals including both mid-level and senior-level directors. It describes the challenges of working in this environment and outlines the procedure and the format for reporting project status. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first lists eight questions that exec
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