Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Strategic Planning

The SEI helps acquisition programs develop acquisition strategies, and conducts hands-on workshops before and after contracts are awarded.

Acquisition Strategy Planning Workshop

Developing an acquisition strategy is a crucial component of acquisition planning. Acquisition-improvement experts from the SEI help workshop attendees gain a deeper understanding of a program’s software-acquisition characteristics and the drivers that affect that program’s strategic choices. In addition, participants learn how to use the Acquisition Strategy Development Tool to either formulate acquisition strategies for a new program or evaluate the appropriateness of strategies that a program is already executing.

IT Strategic Planning

A well-founded information technology (IT) strategic plan communicates the mission, vision, objectives, values, and critical success factors for the organization’s enterprise architecture and future products and services. The SEI helps organizations define and articulate an effective IT strategy from a systems perspective. SEI experts also consider the mechanisms for governance and focus on aligning the IT strategy with organizational business objectives.

Pre- and Post-Contract Award Workshops

SEI staff members help a program’s personnel prepare for the request-for-proposal (RFP) process, reviewing and discussing potential pitfalls and problems. After contract award, the SEI can facilitate workshops between the government and the selected contractor team as they define program-specific processes in areas that are key to the success of the program, such as engineering practices, program management, communications, and risk and issue management.

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