Accession Number : ADA315248

Title :   Passing Fancy or Permanent Reform? An Evaluation of Defense Acquisition Oversight and Review Integrated Product Team Implementation.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 95-Apr 96,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Waechter, Brian M.

PDF Url : ADA315248

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Motivated by the acquisition reform movement and emboldened by the successful use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) in product development, DOD has harnessed the IPT concept to fundamentally change the way it oversees and reviews acquisition programs. Since mid-1995, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Service Headquarters staffs have hurriedly worked IPT implementation issues in parallel with their activation. The question is: have they applied effective teaming precepts to ensure the new structure's long-term viability? The literature emphasizes the breadth and depth of attention required to build a lasting, team-based, participatory organization. Senior leadership must work to instill a host of effective team attributes, while facing unique challenges of hierarchical, bureaucratic organizations that work against teaming. In establishing IPTs, DOD has made both good decisions and others that, if not corrected, may derail preliminary gains. Failures to provide timely team training, solidly establish a team focus, and consistently support the teaming concept have jeopardized the cultural change needed for lasting reform. It is not too late, however. DOD senior leadership can permanently reform this important part of the acquisition process if they commit to finishing the job they started.

Descriptors :   *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *TEAMS(PERSONNEL), *MILITARY TRAINING, ACTIVATION, ACQUISITION, LEADERSHIP, STRUCTURES, DEPTH, LONG RANGE(TIME), VIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ATTENTION, CULTURE.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE