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An Empirical Evaluation of Navy METOC Projects Using Project Management Standards
[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Although project managers are in high public-sector demand, the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography METOC command studied has yet to adopt a project management requirement. With multiple facilities, acquisition elements, and mission-essential projects, cross-departmental dependencies exist that require proper project oversight. Without project management, mission-essential projects are done in a vacuum personnel are often unaware of the impacts of specific tasks. By requiring a specific type of project management structure, Navy METOC commands would have an avenue to implement a hybrid project management office. This research examined a hypothetical group of projects within a Navy METOC commands area of the Department of Defense using the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK standards. From requirements initiation to project schedules, this analysis identified gaps throughout a Navy METOC commands ad-hoc project management process. Using the PMBOK as a baseline, we recommend 1 designate a person or position to support the ongoing creation, command support, and maintenance of project-based documentstemplates, 2 implement a hybrid project management office where a position exists to support the command with information, techniques, and tools, and 3 encourage and authorize regular foundational training for one person in each department. With the insertion of project management, the command and its personnel would be more efficient, task-oriented, and aligned.
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