Integrated Program Planning Process (IP3)

NCMS Project #: 140989

Problem: Private industry and the civil sector are plagued by poor project management techniques, most notably in budget and schedule forecasting especially when maintenance and sustainment considerations are not integrated into other industry lifecycle disciplines like design, manufacturing, production and supply chain. In the DoD, specifically Product Director (PD) Main Battle Tank Systems (MBTS), Project Manager (PM) Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV), and the Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD) in the context of this effort, have no disciplined capture method for historical performance of executed work, which adversely influences future forecasting, planning and scheduling. Furthermore, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS) are often generated without the basis of estimates and are not properly resource-loaded. Oftentimes, this results in gaps and surpluses of resources in critical competency areas, inefficiencies, and higher costs, especially relative to life cycle sustainment and maintenance.

Benefit: IP3 employs a tactic for improvement in this area by capturing and presenting a clear work definition that is scalable and tailorable across different sized projects or across different industries. The common process library developed within an IP3 framework allows project managers access to a wealth of repeatable operating procedures and work package definitions, with historical performance metrics behind them to substantiate forward-looking resource planning figures. IP3 also provides steps which an organization can take to mitigate the causes and effects of poor scheduling.

Solution/Approach: The overall objective of this project is to capture and model a process framework that will improve the way that IMS’ are generated (structured, consistent, repeatable), improve the way that resources are planned and utilized across projects, leverage common processes that will drive consistency, rigor, and discipline in project execution across the acquisition lifecycle with an emphasis on maintenance and sustainment. The implementation of this effort will focus on a number of key process areas, identified across PM AFV, SAMD and PD MBTS, including systems engineering, architecture, operations, sustainment and program analysis.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce costs
  • Mitigate risks
  • Improve process and lifecycle efficiencies
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DoD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Product Manager Main Battle Tank Systems
  • U.S. Army Project Manager Armored Fighting Vehicle
  • U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense, Incorporated
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Obsolescence mgmt. & continued MxCap.
  • Mx management. improvement

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships