Accession Number : ADP002789

Title :   Managing for Success in Defense Systems Acquisition,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Baumgartner,J. S. ; Brown,C. ; Kelley,P.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : This study, an offshoot of a DOD cost growth study, was conducted to identify elements common to successful programs, programs that met most of their cost, schedule, and performance goals, and worked well when fielded. Key government and industry officials of twelve successful programs were interviewed to find out how success is measured and what impact various forces had on the success of these systems. The primary measure of success is that the system worked well when fielded. Main elements of a successful program are stability, realistic requirements, good people, good leadership and, particularly, confidence and teamwork between the program office and the contractor. The PM's tenure, pushing the state-of-the-art in technology, and meeting the requirements of regulations and directives have little impact on the success of a program. Outside influences are, on balance, helpful. The people we interviewed enjoyed their jobs and the challenges of program management. One program manager said it was the finest job he ever had--high risk, high rolling. A Navy PM said it was the closest thing ashore to the command of a ship. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Government procurement, *Contract administration, *Management planning and control, *Planning programming budgeting, Acquisition, Costs, Performance(Engineering), Defense systems, Regulations, Specifications, Requirements, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE