Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Project Management Improvements
Tooele Army Depot’s (TEAD’s) Ammunition Equipment Directorate (AED) is exploring the concept of establishing a Project Review Board to provide technical oversight of a project throughout the development cycle. The AED feels that the oversight provided by the Board will result in the best possible technical solution being implemented to satisfy customers’ requirements.
The AED’s current approach to project management begins with a team being assigned the task of completing the project. This team consists of engineers, technicians, equipment specialists, draftsmen, material buyers, and production shop personnel. A project manager, usually an engineer, is assigned to oversee all aspects of the project from conception and design phase to installation and field support. The project manager must ensure that the customer’s requirements are met, and that safety and environmental compliance issues are satisfied. As a project progresses through the development cycle, other team members may assume primary responsibility in completing tasks that are directly related to their normal duties. However, the outcome of the project development process may be heavily influenced by the project manager’s technical background and past experience.
As a means of obtaining the best technical solution possible, the AED is in the process of establishing a Project Review Board for each project. This Project Review Board would consist of one member from AED’s upper management, and two or three of AED’s more experienced engineers whose backgrounds are related to the task at hand. The Board would be a source of technical guidance and expertise readily available to the project team. It would be the Project Review Board’s responsibility to interface with the project manager during the concept and design phase of the development cycle to ensure that the best possible technical solution was being implemented. The Board would also be responsible for ensuring that the project stayed on schedule, and that all applicable steps in AED’s project development cycle were completed.
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