The Project Management Office of the Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.’s Contract Planning and Administration (CPA) Directorate Functions…

Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. receives new incoming work under the FNL contract through the Yellow Tasks system, the CSAS system, existing program expansion, and direct communication from the NCI. The magnitude and risk level of the new work determine the degree of application of formal project management (PM) practices.

Project management methodology should not be reserved solely for large, formal projects. The best practices of project management can be applied informally to small projects to a) itemize the steps involved in accomplishing the project (the Work Breakdown Structure), b) estimate the duration and cost of each task, c) determine who will perform each task in the project, and d) minimize risk.

Project Evaluation

The following criteria can be applied to a project to determine whether a formal or informal Project Management Plan is in order:

  1. Level of risk
  2. Level of complexity, visibility, and criticality
  3. Degree of interdepartmental-overlap
  4. Dollar value
  5. Deadline for completion and project duration

Whenever a formal Project Management Plan is in order, the Project Management Office can coordinate its development and apply a hierarchical Project Management Plan review and approval process consisting of the following individuals:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Program Manager
  3. QA Director
  4. (i) Chief Administrative Officer of the CPA Directorate

Project Plan Development

The Project Management Office of the Contract Planning and Administration Directorate assists other Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. programs with development and application of their own Project Management Plans or small project Work Breakdown Structures.

Project Oversight

Once the project has been characterized, the Project Management Office conducts periodic project status reviews as scheduled in the Project Management Plan. Prior projects are reviewed for lessons learned and best practices to apply to new projects. The Project Management Office can also manage enterprise-wide Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., projects or internal projects for individual Leidos programs.

Project Management Training

Individual and enterprise-wide training is an important factor in developing a successful Project Management culture. The Project Management Office established the following training opportunities:

  • Training selected staff in Project Management processes and the initial use of the Project Management Plan Template for Program Startup
  • On-going, multilevel Project Management, Quality Management in Projects, Metrics, and Risk Management training
Future Training Program Objectives:
  • Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.-specific Certification Program in coordination with Human Resources
  • Incentive programs, title, credentials, career path objectives

The Project Management Office Provides Current Resources

Project Management Practices and Standards to be maintained for every project

  • FNL Standard Project Management Processes
  • Lessons Learned
  • Best Practices
  • Templates
  • Project Tracking Reports
  • Project Metrics
  • Training & Development Records

Project Management Tools

  • Communication through Microsoft (MS) SharePoint collaboration websites
  • Web-based Project Management functionality through MS Project Server on a MS SharePoint platform
  • PM desktop software applications
  • Software training