The dynamics of successful program management: the case of Army TACMS.
Myrick, Paul R.
Roberts, Nancy C.
Lamm, David V.
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Project management has evolved as a successful tool to manage complex weapon systems. As budgets decline, Department of Defense project managers are challenged to improve their skills and competencies for successful project management. While the current literature specifies the overall requirements necessary for successful project management, it does not detail and describe how those requirements are to be fulfilled on a daily basis. The puqjose of this thesis is to provide future project managers with an in-depth glimpse of how a successful project manager operates in real time. The project manager of the Army Tactical Missile System (TACMS) was selected to study because he was named by the Army as the 1991 Project Manager of the Year. The analysis is based on interviews with the Project Manager (PM), his team, and outside stakeholders, such as the office of the Program Executive Officer. This research identifies two areas of factors that impact success: factors within the PM's control and factors beyond the PM's control. Further analysis of the factors within the PM's control identified three domains of competencies: leadership, stakeholder relations, and management. This research presents the approaches used by the Army TACMS PM to manage the three domains while achieving successful project management.
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