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Accession Number ADA564397
Title Better Metrics for Better Communication as a Foundation for Better Program Buying Power.
Publication Date Oct 2011
Media Count 6p
Personal Author B. Brodfuehrer
Abstract In his Better Buying Power memo, Under Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter recommended several actions, two of which were: 'Reduce the number of OSD-level reviews to those necessary to uncover and respond to significant program issues' and 'Reduce non-value-added overhead imposed on industry.' This intrigued me, because both actions were related to data I had recently gathered to facilitate a discussion dealing with the 'program execution versus program oversight' nature of metrics, especially as related to cost estimates. To support that discussion, I interviewed people with knowledge of and experience with the metrics good program managers use. They represented many years of acquisition experience in different product domains and stakeholder perspectives. For this article, I have quoted them anonymously. Developing an effective set of metrics to be used by two organizations with differing interests establishes the context for this article's development, a shared emphasis on cost focuses that context a bit more.
Keywords Baseline estimates
Cost estimates
Cost growth
Cost overruns
Decision making
Department of defense
Execution- based metrics
Known unknowns
Military procurement
Program execution
Program oversight
Project management
Schedule delays
Technology maturity

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
96 - Business & Economics
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Defense Acquisition Univ., Fort Belvoir, VA.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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