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Are You Truly “All In”? Achieving Program Management Success

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Author: John Mueller

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you passionate about the successes of your program and your team? Does “risk” not only describe threats but areas for opportunities? Do you work your budget to ensure that you get the maximum output from every dollar? Do you have the “right stuff” to be counted among the future entrepreneurial program managers (PMs) within the Department of Defense (DoD)?

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Should-Cost Management Tactics

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Authors: Mark Husband and John Mueller

Since the 2010 release of the Better Buying Power (BBP) memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Ph.D., (at the time the under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics [USD(AT&L)]), the concept of should-cost management has been passionately discussed and debated by the acquisition workforce. Frequently asked questions include:

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The Acquisition Strategy A Roadmap to Program Management Success

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Author: John Mueller

Obtaining major milestone approval challenges DoD program managers (PMs) to create programs that satisfy numerous stakeholders and address requests from multiple constituencies. Another feature of the DoD acquisition system is the requirement to create a mountain of documentation to “assist” the review process; current regulations require up to 60 documents (32 regulatory and 28 statutory) to pass a single milestone review! Each of these documents/constituencies seeks clarity on specific aspects of the program and zealously works to obtain the satisfaction of its unique concerns. Along the milestone pathway, it’s easy for the PM to get overwhelmed by this blizzard of paperwork/requests and adopt a mindset of “I’ll do whatever it takes to obtain your concurrence” to complete the milestone review checklist. After a while, conversations could begin to resemble those between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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