Program Management

Integrated Product Team (IPT)

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An Integrated Product Team (IPT) is a team composed of representatives from appropriate functional disciplines working together to build successful programs, identify and resolve issues, and make sound and timely recommendations to facilitate decision making. IPTs are used in complex development programs/projects for review and decision making. The emphasis of the IPT is on involvement of all Stakeholders (users, customers, management, developers, contractors) in a collaborative forum. [2]

There are three (3) types of IPTs that each acquisition program will implement: [2,3]

  • Overarching IPTs (OIPTs): Focus on strategic guidance, program assessment, and issue resolution;
  • Working-level IPTs (WIPTs): Identify and resolve program issues, determine program status, and seek opportunities for acquisition reform; and
  • Program-level IPTs (PIPTs): Focus on program execution and may include representatives from both government and industry after contract award.

Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) is the DoD management technique that simultaneously integrates all essential acquisition activities through the use of IPT to optimize design, manufacturing, and supportability processes.

Logistics: The Program Manager (PM) and/or Product Support Manager (PSM) should establish multidisciplinary teams to develop and manage the implementation of the performance-based support strategy. The IPTs should consider all factors and criteria necessary to achieve an optimum support strategy using the best capabilities of the public and private sectors in a cost effective manner. DoD Component and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) logistics activities should participate in support strategy development and IPTs to ensure the support concept is integrated with other logistics support and combat support functions and provide agile and robust combat capability. These participants can help to ensure effective integration of system oriented approaches with commodity oriented approaches (common support approaches), optimize support to users, and maximize total logistics system value. [1]

AcqTips:

  • In 1995, the Secretary of Defense directed that the Department adopt IPTs as the preferred approach for development, review, and oversight of the acquisition process.

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