Managing Research Projects: Beyond Cost and Schedule

December 2016
Topics: Federal Transition, Presidential Transition, Government Transition
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Federal management of research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) projects predominantly focuses on tracking budget and timelines. While important, these two measures are insufficient for ensuring the successful completion and transition of research gains into follow-on operational usage. A multi-dimensional framework that manages the execution and technical readiness of a project, as well as customer commitment, is required to ensure a project’s ultimate success.

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