Delivering Manufacturing Innovation

Project/Program Management

Effective project or program management is often the determining factor in the overall success of any project or program. Multiple projects, contractual requirements, tight deadlines, complex supply chains, and intricate engineered parts are just a few of the variables defense manufacturers and suppliers must manage. Navigating this process can be a source of ongoing logistical challenges.

Drawing on our background steeped in project and program management experience within the defense industry, the NCDMM is uniquely qualified to help defense manufacturing and machining contractors and suppliers manage their projects and programs. We possess the ability to assist with and provide guidance on the management of a specific project or an entire program.

Our proven project management process focuses on the progression of a project or program through the complete project management lifecycle, which consists of five phases:

  1. Defining the Scope
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing

All of the projects or programs that the NCDMM manages are treated as dynamic systems bound by time, cost, and resources and acknowledge that proper management maintains the balance and overall effectiveness of the system.

Our Methodology

We kick off the process by meeting with our customers for in-depth discussions to define the project or program scope. These discussions typically include reviewing the problems or challenges, establishing overall goals, determining objectives, identifying success criteria, as well as listing assumptions, risks, and obstacles, to develop a comprehensive project definition.

Once the project or program is defined, we begin the planning phase to address the key questions of who, what, when, and with what resources. At this level, we also work to identify project or program activities and estimated duration, develop a project schedule, determine available resources, and assign responsibilities.

The significance of the planning step is crucial to the success of our projects and programs. Once the plan is in place, project or program execution commences by further organizing resources and coordinating schedules. The assigned team members are organized and provided with team rules that assist in leveling project resources through a work breakdown structure. Throughout the progression of the execution phase, all activities are documented.

The documentation that occurs during the execution phase is a critical component during the monitoring and controlling phase of the project or program by providing a continuous feedback and progression path for review and analysis. It also enables ongoing project tracking for early detection and agile mitigation of problems and issues.

Finally, upon project or program completion, we perform closing assessments, which include developing any necessary documentation and/or reports for the produced deliverables and conducting an evaluation of the work performed and customer satisfaction.

For more information on how the NCDMM can assist you with your project or program management needs, contact Gene Berkebile at gene.berkebile@ncdmm.org or 724-539-5743.