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An Innovative Approach to Schedule Management on the F/A-22 Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP): Demonstration of Critical Chain Project Management Robert James Casey A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy In Public Administration/Public Policy Philip S. Kronenberg, Chair Michael K. Badawy John W. Dickey Gary L. Wamsley James F. Wolf May 16, 2005 Fall
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    An Innovative Approach to Schedule Management on the F/A-22 Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP): Demonstration of Critical Chain Project Management Robert James Casey  A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy In Public Administration/Public Policy Philip S. Kronenberg, Chair Michael K. Badawy John W. Dickey Gary L. Wamsley James F. Wolf May 16, 2005 Falls Church, Virginia Key Words: Project Management, Organizational Innovation, Critical Chain Project Management Weapon System Acquisition Program, Schedule Management Copyright 2005, Robert J. Casey    An Innovative Approach to Schedule Management on the F/A-22 Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP): Demonstration of Critical Chain Project Management Robert J. Casey ABSTRACT This multiple-case-based dissertation contributes to the stream of literature on the organizational innovation process by examining Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) as an innovation with the potential to address an important schedule planning and execution performance gap in DOD weapon system development programs. The contextually different Integrated Product Team case studies in DOD’s F/A-22 fighter aircraft weapons system acquisition program are: manufacturing assembly, manufacturing process, test operations, and supplier product development. Rich descriptions of the case studies are developed by the author, a senior Lockheed Martin  Aeronautics Company systems engineer in a role that merged participant, observer, change agent and champion (POCAC). Analysis distinguishes between Program and Operational levels of organizational structure and focuses on the innovation process through use of the author-designed Casey Hybrid Innovation Process (CHIP) model based on Rogers’ stages heuristic. Substantively, research demonstrates that in key areas of the F/A-22 program, proper application of the innovative Critical Chain Project Management process can generate and achieve development schedules sometimes substantially better than traditional approaches; improper application will lead to mixed results or rejection. The research contributes to knowledge in the field of organizational innovation by demonstrating use of the CHIP model in the huge, geographically dispersed and extremely complex organization of the largest DOD weapon system acquisition program of the late 20 th  and early 21 st  centuries. The research reflects Program leadership’s important role in the top-down initiation and support of an innovation, even while choosing (by policy) not to force use at the Operational level. At the Operational level, details show that IPT implementations and results of the CCPM innovation vary.    iii  DEDICATION To my family. To Mary Frank, my best friend, soul mate and wife, for her love, support, inspiration and patience during this 15-year odyssey. Far from the “surprised woman” behind the successful man she married, she has always been more responsible than she’ll know for any success I’ve enjoyed through the 39 years of the Air Force, industry, educational and family adventures we’ve pursued together. And to two fine sons, RJ and Quinn, who have emerged from our family’s vagabond, multi-move life-style to motivate completion of this effort through their demonstrated ability to set and achieve high goals in their academic and civilian exploits as well as active/reserve-duty Army and  Air Force military assignments. And finally to the Air Force family I still serve, with the hope that this product provides payback to the operators in the form of more quickly developed and delivered major weapons system that deter conflicts or quickly win them.    iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I thank my chair, Professor Phil Kronenberg, without whose guidance, mentoring, motivating confidence, endurance, professional equanimity and personal friendship, this effort surely would have foundered. He has my most sincere appreciation for his support throughout my studies at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy, but especially for his valued counsel vital to transforming untold scores of short notes, think- pieces and a nearly 450-page draft into this final dissertation. I also want to thank committee members and Professors John Dickey, Gary Wamsley and Jim Wolf, for their teaching and encouragement during prior course work and throughout this dissertation effort. Especially appreciated and essential to closure was a probing, constructive review of an early draft of this work by Dr. Michael Badawy. Professor Rohr will always be an inspiration and Adjunct Professor Carole Neves’ initial and continuing support during course work and dissertation efforts have been appreciated.  Almost completely paralleling this academic journey has been my full-time, professional employment with the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. After an Air Force career flying some of the most awesome fighters ever produced, it has been a privilege to appreciate and participate in the dedicated efforts that assure our nation’s fighter pilots can fly the finest, most revolutionary fighter in the world for decades to come. The integrated government (civilian and military) and industrial F/A-22 team surely rivals any development team ever assembled. At the risk of important omissions, I must acknowledge some of the many colleagues on that team who have provided me learning and leadership opportunities in executing their important duties. Among the top pros who patiently supported, educated, assisted and mentored me in their own and important ways are: David Lloyd, Paul Schlein, Paul Metz, Tom Burbage, Ralph Smith, John Smith, Greg Krohn, Jim Bailey, Chris Pelletier, Bob Braeutigam, Mike Hanna, and Jim Cox.
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