Federal IT Program Management

Traditional Contract Team

Peer-to-Peer Networked Team

Hierarchical

Organized like a military unit, in a command-and-control hierarchy with fixed lines of authority.

Networked

Organized like a software project, in a collaborative network with shared risk and value.

Exclusive

Inclusive and collaborative  agreements between team-members. Uses their qualifications to get work.

Inclusive

Brings in member firms with open arrangements. Leverages their capabilities to do work.

Backward-looking

Keeps out firms whose technology might displace old, proprietary applications.

Forward-looking

Invites in firms with technology that’s useful in creating new, open and agile systems.

Profit-oriented

The Prime Contractor uses its privileged position to maximize its profits.

Performance-oriented

The Team Lead assembles the best possible “task team” to get the job done.

Expensive

Large contractors have large overhead costs. These high costs are passed on to the customer.

Economical

The Team Lead’s operations require minimal overhead. This low cost structure saves money.

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