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January 23, 2019

“Better, Faster, Cheaper”— Possible but Unlikely

Late, over budget, difficult integration, loads of rework, and project “Death March” (or a sense of inevitable failure)—those terms have ...
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January 14, 2019

Shift Test Planning Left

In today’s acquisition environment, there is an ever-present focus on reducing timelines without incurring unacceptable risk. After formal ...
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January 10, 2019

Rescuing a Failing Program

Every relationship begins with a contract. Contracts (aka Proposals) can be hundreds of pages long; reflect brilliant ideas and policies; be ...
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January 07, 2019

How Critical Is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is one of the many buzzwords we hear a lot lately, especially in the context of defense acquisition reform. Senior leaders ...
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January 02, 2019

Career Management in the 4th Estate

L ast year was a busy one for the 4th Estate that saw CONTINUED large-scale classroom and on-site Defense Acquisition University (DAU) ...
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December 27, 2018

Readiness Workups Versus Investments

By definition and in practice, program management is primarily about planning, controlling, organizing, staffing and leading. Each of these ...
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