For years, Ive been writing about ways to improve the outcomes of our acquisition activities. Ive used stories and comics and focused on ideas and principles. I hope that stuff has been both helpful and entertainingI know Ive had fun doing it. This time,I want to really get down to brass tacks and propose some specific actions. Please dont mistake this as a checklist of 10 easy steps to program management bliss. The things Im asking you to do are neither easy nor guaranteed to deliver results. They may not help you on your particular project or activity. Nonetheless, I hope youll do at least some of these thingsnot because I asked, but because they make sense to you for your particular situation.