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One is the Loneliest Number - Defense Extensions to the PMBOK

Frank says he just needs one number. So in the spirit of the absurd I present to you the U.S. Department of Defense Extension to: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). It is a free download so go get it.

It has more acronyms and processes than you can shake a stick at. I'm not claiming it is not useful, but it stands in stark contrast to the one number philosophy. The existance of such a gap points out once again that processes need to be responsive to their environment. Think about that before you set up a PMO to paint your bathroom or run a missle development program based on just knowing how many days until launch.


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You might want to consider the context. What appears absurb to you is a bread and butter work day for someone else.

Actually the number of days to launch is a critical number in on any "launch program." STS-114 has that number in 10 foot high letters at the Lauch Ops at the Cape and Mission Control in Houston.

Using the IMP/IMS approach Luanch is many times a fixed date. You can only go to Mars in a small windoew every 3 1/2 years. So if you take on a Mars mission the launch date is known by everyone and all plans are built around that date. Otherwise you sit in the warehouse with your spacecraft for 3.5 or more years waiting for the mext window.

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