Army Program Management System Integration: Structuring for Productivity
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Overall materiel acquisition management philosophy in the U.S. Army is one of a partnership of responsibility between the Program Executive Officer Program Manager PEOPM and the supporting elements of the materiel developer, most notably the Army Materiel Command AMC. However, the PEOPM reports to the Civilian Army Acquisition Executive and the AMC reports to the Army Chief of Staff. The PEOPM has responsibility toward effective system integration. Success will determine the degree of productivity within the PEOPM office. The structural, cultural, and process changes that have been made since the PEOPM system was implemented are resulting in fewer problems in the PM environment. Organizational structure using the matrix management concept is a key component to the PEOPMs ability to accomplish the mission. Overall, the matrix concept, which uses functional management personnel from the AMC commodity command to help accomplish the PEOPM mission, is working well interspersed by spikes of problem areas. The PEOPM system has evolved into a workable approach to acquisition management since its inception a little more than two years ago. The key to successful matrix management is a cohesive program office with close ties to the PM and to the user. Through responsible managers and employees, teamwork can overcome the drawbacks of the matrix form.
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