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A Contract Requirement Rule for Program Managers


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Author: Paul Solomon

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (NDAA) includes many acquisition reforms. The Senate version included a provision that would have required the Secretary of Defense to develop standards, policies and guidelines based on nationally accredited standards for program and project management as well as policies to monitor compliance. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is the only qualifying standard. The provision was not adopted during conference with the House. However, if the PMBOK Guide were made a contract requirement to replace the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) standard (ANSI-748), any program manager (PM) finally would be able to identify and pinpoint emerging problems on a timely basis and act as early as possible to resolve problems. This article discusses the content and benefits of the PMBOK Guide but also includes guidance for integrating systems engineering (SE) and risk management with EVM independently of the PMBOK Guide.

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