Integrated product team effectiveness in the Department of Defense
Monk, Gregg B.
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In 1995, then Secretary of Defense William Perry, directed a "fundamental change" in the way DoD did business when he endorsed and required the use of the Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) management technique. The use of multidisciplinary Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) is the cornerstone of this technique. This research focused on what key factors, specifically team training and empowerment, lead to the success, or lack of success, of IPTs. Twenty IPT participants, ten team leaders and ten other team members, were interviewed and asked their views on the current state of training and empowerment as they relate to IPTs. This research, though only a small sample size, revealed that DoD still has a long way to go if it is to meet its own goals of effectively utilizing IPPD. The primary conclusion of the research is that DoD's overuse of the term IPT is the key factor that IPPD and IPTs are not being utilized to their full potential. The thesis recommends possible solutions and areas of further research to help alleviate this problem.
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