Lean Techniques for Project Management in the Acquisition Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-5700
Agency Tracking Number: F041-135-1432
Amount: $1,187,370.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-135
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
FRONTIER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
26 Castilian Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 153927827
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sam Boykin
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 429-3302
 sboykin@fti-net.com
Business Contact
 Iva Heins
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (805) 685-6672
Email: iheins@fti-net.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Unrealistic project schedules for system and technology acquisitions leading to poor investment decisions is a significant issue within the Department of Defense and supporting industry. The result of this research will be trained acquisition managers, capable of making effective investment decisions, within a comprehensive decision space created by knowledge, computer tools, and effective training at multiple levels within an organization, using innovative techniques to plan, manage and execute development projects. This research will apply the principles of “Lean Project Management” to programs within the DoD acquisition environment. Applying “lean techniques”, such as Critical Chain Project Management, may be the most promising approach available today to reduce development cycle time and cost of system development projects to meet the warfighter’s needs for effective, timely and affordable weapon systems. With training and tools provided from this research, and knowledge gained to create an improved investment decision space, project managers can more effectively plan and execute system acquisition projects to support the warfighter.

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