The customer attribute refers to the customer's level of skill and
experience in the technical or application domain of the program as well as
difficult working relationships or poor mechanisms for attaining customer
agreement and approvals, not having access to certain customer factions, or
not being able to communicate with the customer in a forthright
b) Associate Contractors
The presence of associate contractors may introduce risks due to
conflicting political agenda, problems of interfaces to systems being
developed by outside organizations, or lack of cooperation in coordination of
schedules and configuration changes.
The presence of subcontractors may introduce risks due to inadequate task
definitions and subcontractor management mechanisms, or to not transferring
subcontractor technology and knowledge to the program or corporation.
d) Prime Contractor
When the program is a subcontract, risks may arise from poorly defined task
definitions, complex reporting arrangements, or dependencies on technical or
e) Corporate Management
Risks in the corporate management area include poor communication and
direction from senior management as well as non-optimum levels of
Vendor risks may present themselves in the forms of dependencies on
deliveries and support for critical system components.
Political risks may accrue from relationships with the company, customer,
associate contractors or subcontractors and may affect technical decisions.