Original Date: 05/01/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Intranet Program Review System
The Intranet Program Review System (IPRS) is an on-line method for reporting program status on selected projects within Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Sensors & Systems Sector. The IPRS defines a standard program reporting format which is used for monthly status, business area reviews, vice presidential quarterly program reviews, and corporate program reviews. The format of the report dictates the minimum materials required for program reviews, and provides flexibility to incorporate supplemental charts when necessary.
The password-protected system is used by project managers to report program status and by senior-level managers to review status. Each monthly assessment employs uniform objective metrics to ensure that consistent data is provided. Program managers are responsible for entering data into the IPRS prior to the last day of the month. This data is entered in a pre-defined template format. The system features an e-mail interface that automatically transmits questions and concerns to the appropriate personnel. The responsible manager indicates final approval of the report by the fifth day of each month; comments can be inserted as necessary. The system’s interfaces are automated and provide users with menus and hot links within the reports for ease of use.
The IPRS’s strength as a management tool is its uniform nature of the grading criteria used to review and approve program status reports. This attribute ensures that objective quantitative assessments are performed for each report submitted. The IPRS formalizes the review process by standardizing the timing, content, and order of the reporting system across all sites within the Electronic Sensors & Systems Sector. As a result, all program reviews are reported and viewed in the same manner. The IPRS has greatly reduced the need for formal briefings, but serves as a building block for developing consistent briefing packages when a formal briefing is required.
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