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A Comparative Analysis of Advanced Methodologies to Improve the Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense for Optimal Risk Mitigation and Decision Support Systems to Avoid Cost and Schedule Overruns

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Housel, Thomas J.
Mun, Johnathan
Jones, Raymond D.
Shives, Timothy R.
Carlton, Benjamin
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2021-05-10
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05/10/21
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This study examines five advanced decision support methodologies—Lean Six Sigma (LSS), Balanced Score Card (BSC), Integrated Risk Management (IRM), Knowledge Value Added (KVA), and Earned Value Management (EVM)—in terms of how each can support the information technology (IT) acquisition process. In addition, the study provides guidance on when each methodology should be applied during the acquisition life cycle of IT projects. This research includes an in-depth review of each methodology in the context of the acquisition life cycle. All acquisition projects within the Department of Defense must go through the acquisition life cycle. While each acquisition project is unique, all must pass a series of common hurdles to succeed. Understanding how and when the methodologies can be applied to an IT acquisition is fundamental to its success. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for the use of each methodology in the acquisition life cycle of IT projects.
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SYM-AM-21-085
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Prepared for the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943.
Naval Postgraduate School
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.