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.
The following criteria can be applied to a project to determine whether a formal or informal Project Management Plan is in order:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Project Management Practices and Standards to be maintained for every project
Project Management Tools