One area where federal agencies have been able to save money is by ensuring projects run smoothly. Last year, agencies were able to reduce waste by 20% with better project management. That’s what Mark Langely, CEO of the Project Management Institute, told Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Agencies have 13 guidelines to help them deliver projects on time and on budget under the U.S. Digital Services Playbook. The fourth play in the book suggests agencies use an agile incremental approach to develop new projects and software. Jordan Sims is director of organization relations and programs at the Project Management Institute. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that project managers who use an agile approach are twice as likely to have success with new initiatives as those who don’t.
Strong management is essential to driving successful project and program results. But many executives say their organizations struggle to move ideas into action. As part of our special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio offers a best practices for program management.
Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.