How to Form an IPT
Defense Systems Management College Fort Belvoir United States
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The Department of Defense began using integrated product teams IPTs in weapons development in the 1980s. Their use proliferated after the secretary of Defense directed their use under the integrated product and process development IPPD concept in 1995. Over the years, the term IPT has been applied to a variety of groups, councils, tiger teams, and boards. Although these groups all have important functions, the IPT is a specific and powerful tool that begs definition. Properly chartered, an IPT is a protection against obstacles to success Ive observed in acquisition program offices parochialism, functional bias and poor communication, to name a few. These obstacles existed in spite of the fact that the people involved were dedicated, experienced, and patriotic.