Archive for July, 2014

The Role of Program Governance in Program Management

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

 

Program management is the practice of overseeing and executing multiple projects under one executive group. A successful program management enterprise stands to benefit the organization in a number of critical functions. Streamlining of operations, increasing efficiency, and strategic planning are just some of the many goals of program management. In order for these goals to be met, a well-organized system of governance must be in place. This system is responsible for overseeing all operations and defining the roles and responsibilities of all projects involved. In this way, program managers can create unity and cohesion that brings multiple units together so that they may work more efficiently and effectively towards the same overall of driving the growth and success of the operation.

 

Program governance one of the five aspects of program management that collectively comprise the whole concept. The structure of governance for program management versus project management is necessarily different, as the program’s overseers and executors must contend with multiple projects and determining how to align a range of different focuses and goals into a cohesive whole.

 

The Role of Program Governance in Program Management

 

The comparison between program and project management starts with the difference in their governing structures. Project management uses a traditional governing structure which, as it is geared towards a more narrow focus, is not as complex as program management. Project managers oversee operations and issue directions. Senior IT officials oversee the joining of technological and business goals of the project. Business sponsors oversee strategy and deliverables and their proper integration.

 

The more broad scope of program management necessitates a more complex governance. The scope of a program is so large that it has the potential to seriously impact an enterprise’s expenditures and way of conducting business. Essentially, program managers must be highly skilled and experienced with this kind of management. They must understand that the actions of the program’s governing body must be thoughtful and deliberate, as the future of the business will depend on its actions.

 

The body within the program governance that is responsible for aligning diverse interests and strategic directions is the steering committee. The actions of this body are overseen by an executive sponsor and the board of directors, to which it recommends courses of action and strategic planning. “Defining the role and decision-making powers of the steering committee is a significant part of the program governance effort and should be done with an eye toward facilitating rapid decisions and promoting a clear, unified direction.”

 

Program success hinges on the clear definition of roles, authority, decision making ability, and structure. Program governance is essential for these concepts to be delineated and actualized so that the program may reach its goals. To learn more about program governance and program management, contact DHA Group today. An award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal, civilian and defense agencies, DHA group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Follow us on social media on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/4751.html

 

Program and Project Management from DHA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

 

Program and project management are two essential components of the operations of agencies and enterprises in the public and private sectors. The goal of project management is to carry a project through from the early, conceptual stages through the end of its life. Program management occurs on a larger scale, with the goal of consolidating a number of projects together to form a cohesive whole with a unified goal.

 

Strategic Planning 

 

Configuration Management

 

Schedule

 

Risk Management

 

Budget

 

Expenditure Tracking

 

Requirements Definition and Analysis

 

Market studies and analyses

 

Cost benefit analyses

 

Mission needs statements

 

Concepts of operations

 

Statements of work and objectives

 

Detailed technical evaluations of methods and products

 

Contract strategies and acquisition planning

 

Deliverables review and earned value management reporting

 

Life cycle management

 

Acquisition Management

 

Acquisition of government contracts is a major goal of private sector businesses. Our experience in federal contract acquisition will help your business acquire and retain the contracts you need. Learn more in our blog.

 

Accounting

 

Complying with Federal accounting and budget policy can be confusing to say the least. While it is mandated, spending too much time on accounting and documentation can be a drain on internal resources. DHA can assist with preparation of important financial documents to ensure you meet Federal requirements, and free up your own resources for other tasks. We offer:

 

Balance Sheets

 

Accounting Statements

 

OMB 300 Documentation

 

Auditing Services

 

Voucher Examiners

 

Budget Analysts

 

Payroll Clerks

 

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About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about What Are the Benefits of Consulting Services from DHA?, please visit us atwww.dha-inc.com or call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

 

Cyber Attack Highlights Importance of Cyber Security

Monday, July 7th, 2014

 

Cyber attacks have become commonplace in today’s digital sphere, a fact that serves to underscore the importance of a coordinated cyber security strategy for any operation. A reminder of this came this week as a hacker group based in Tunisia made public its intent to begin a cyber attack on banks and airport computer systems in the United States.

 

The group, known as The Tunisian Hackers Team, took credit for a previously attempted attack on U.S.-based banks in 2013, and this week plans to attempt new cyber attacks on more banks. The group is demanding that the U.S. remove its military presence from several countries in the Middle East.

 

According to the Steven Stalinksky, Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, the hackers capabilities are unknown, but should be taken seriously and suggest that more cyber attacks from hacker groups based in the area are imminent. Quoted in Homeland Security Today, Stalinksy noted:

 

It’s unclear how strong the THT’s capabilities really are – but their warning that they will be working to gain control of American airport computer and communication systems should be taken seriously by homeland security officials. These types of threats by Middle East and South Asia cybergroups are the new norm and will only be increasing in the future.

 

Cyber security is critical for any sensitive operation where asset protection is of the highest importance. DHA provides ISO, network and physical security, critical infrastructure protection, as well as risk and vulnerability management through penetration testing in order to safeguard the IT aspects of your operation. Cyber security will only continue to grow in importance, which is why it’s important to take preventative measures now and provide the maximum protection available for your operation. Contact us today for more information.

 

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About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about Cyber Attack Highlights Importance of Cyber Security, please visit us atwww.dha-inc.com or call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/exclusive-tunisian-hackers-announce-cyber-jihad-against-us-banks-airport-computer-systems/7c3d2373e69fa9319e521816ce539b7d.html

 

Buying Data and Rights to Data

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

 

Big data is big business these days, and in a new trend, many businesses are turning to third-party sources to buy additional data to supplement their own data. This additional data can help complete data sets and improve the ability to analyze data effectively.

 

The issue here is that most of the time, what’s actually being purchase is the rights or a license to use the data for a predetermined amount of time. This presents several potential problems. Once the time period is up, a business which bought data can no longer use it. “This means that all the reports, dashboards and metrics you built on the third-party data may need to be revised or replaced once the contract ends,” according to IT World. In addition, IT World notes that by entering into a contract with a third-party provider, you often may be giving them the rights to your data:

 

Another problem that often arises in these contracts is that the provider can analyze your data and create aggregate data that is based, in part, on your data. Many contracts include a provision that gives the SaaS provider the right to analyze your data and create derivative aggregate data based on your data and your usage of their systems. These contracts also say that the provider owns that aggregate data and can exploit it in any manner the provider deems appropriate.

 

To prevent these issues from occurring, read the fine print when purchasing data from a third party source. In many cases you may be able to negotiate fairer terms for your data exchange.

 

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About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about Government Makes Research Data Available, please visit us atwww.dha-inc.com or call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

 

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http://www.itworld.com/420891/who-legally-owns-your-big-data?source=spotlightpromo