Project Management Institute

Best project management and systems engineering practices in the preacquisition phase for federal intelligence and defense agencies

Recent studies have shown that project managers are more likely to deliver projects that meet schedule, budget, and scope targets when they first plan the project before initiating implementation. This article examines an approach that project managers working within the United States (US) Federal intelligence and defense agencies can use to reduce the overruns and delays commonly involved in implementing large-scale acquisition programs, an approach that includes a rigorous effort to plan the pre-acquisition phase. In doing so, it overviews the methodology used to conduct a study on the way US Federal intelligence and defense agencies implement acquisition programs. It then discusses the study's findings, detailing the eight key problems that frequently hinder these studied acquisition programs and cause these efforts to significantly exceed original estimates, projections, and expectations.
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