Progress in Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy: 2002 Assessment

Progress in Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy: 2002 Assessment

by Committee for Oversight and Assessment of U.S. Department of Energy Project Management, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309089093

ISBN-13: 9780309089098

Pub. Date: 06/19/2003

Publisher: National Academies Press

In 1997, Congress, in the conference report, H.R. 105-271, to the FY1998 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill, directed the NRC to carry out a series of assessments of project management at the Department of Energy (DOE). This report, the 2002 Assessment, is the second in that series. It presents an examination of DOE's progress in improving program

Overview

In 1997, Congress, in the conference report, H.R. 105-271, to the FY1998 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill, directed the NRC to carry out a series of assessments of project management at the Department of Energy (DOE). This report, the 2002 Assessment, is the second in that series. It presents an examination of DOE's progress in improving program management over the past two years and offers recommendations regarding project management methodology and project oversight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309089098
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
06/19/2003
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY....................1
1 INTRODUCTION....................5
Review Activities....................6
Organization of the Report....................6
References....................8
2 CORE COMPETENCIES....................9
Introduction....................9
Areas of Progress....................9
Areas of Concern....................11
References....................14
3 DOE ORDER O 413.3 AND THE PROGRAM AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT MANUAL....................15
Introduction....................15
Analysis of Current Status and Direction....................15
Findings and Recommendations....................17
References....................18
4 HUMAN CAPITAL....................19
Introduction....................19
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities....................19
Federal Workforce Trends....................21
Training and Career Development....................23
Findings and Recommendations....................25
References....................27
5 DOE'S ROLE AS OWNER....................28
Introduction....................28
Government/Industry Forum on the Owner's Role....................28
Federal Project Managers' Functions....................30
Findings and Recommendations....................31
References....................32
6 DOE PROJECT MANAGEMENT CULTURE....................33
Introduction....................33
Leadership....................34
Acceptance of Change Within the DOE Culture....................36
Overcoming Resistance to Cultural Change....................38
Findings and Recommendations....................39
References....................39
7READINESS TO PROCEED FOR FIRST-OF-A-KIND PROJECTS....................40
Introduction....................40
Characteristics of First-of-a-Kind Projects....................41
Challenges That Arise in First-of-a-Kind Projects....................42
Critical Decisions....................44
Management Planning and Control....................47
Findings and Recommendations....................48
8 PROJECT CYCLE TIME REDUCTION....................49
Introduction....................49
Prerequisites for Reducing Cycle Time....................49
Effect of DOE Order O 413.3 on Project Cycle Time....................50
Eliminating Delays from Critical Decisions....................52
Complexity Increases the Risk of Delays....................53
Reducing Project Time and Supportive Management Culture....................54
Staffing for Reduced Project Cycle Time....................54
Findings and Recommendations....................55
References....................56
9 ACQUISITION AND CONTRACTING....................57
Introduction....................57
Developing an Acquisition Strategy....................58
Performance-Based Contracting....................60
Incentives....................63
Findings and Recommendations....................64
References....................66
10 RECOGNIZING PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESSES....................67
Introduction....................67
2002 Project Awards....................67
Other Notable Projects....................70
Common Factors....................71
Findings and Recommendations....................71
References....................72
APPENDIXES A Statement of Task....................75
B Biographies of Committee Members....................76
C Committee Fact Finding and Briefing Activities and Documents Reviewed from October 2001 Through October 2002....................82
D Characteristics of Effective Owners' Representatives....................92
E Key Questions for Readiness to Proceed....................96
F Building Flexibility into Projects to Manage Uncertainty....................108

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