Achieving Effective Results in Acquisition: Guidelines for Recommended Actions

May 2009
Topics: Acquisition Management, Agile Practices, Government Acquisition
Dr. Michael H. Kelley, The MITRE Corporation
Rob Kepner, The MITRE Corporation
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The federal government is experiencing great difficulty in acquiring the products and services necessary to adapt to the ever-changing capabilities of the new technologies used by consumers and adversaries. Despite years of dedicated acquisition reforms, many federal acquisition programs continue to underperform, significantly overrunning their planned costs and schedules. To improve the success of federal acquisition programs, MITRE focused on examining successful programs, discerned the principles and practices that made them successful, and determined which ones could be applied to other programs.

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