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This ACQuipedia Article contains numerous resources that address the topic of Acquisition Strategy.

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The probability of program success initiative is desinged to improve the Army's abilityto accurately assess a programs's probability of success, and clearly / concisely represent that success probability to Army leadership.  The probability of program success will be calculated monthly. The report to senior leadership will occur quarterly during the following months: January, April, July, and October.



How often have you used brainstorming to solve a problem? Chances are, you've used it at least once, even if you didn't realize it.  For decades, people have used brainstorming to generate ideas, and to come up with creative solutions to problems. However, you need to use brainstorming correctly for it to be fully effective.  In this article, we'll look at brainstorming: what it is, why it's useful, and how to get the best from it.

If you're not getting enough good quality ideas, try using the approaches below to increase the number of ideas that you generate:

  • The Stepladder Technique – introduce one person at a time; good for quiet types.
  • Brainwriting –all individuals to generate and develop written ideas.
  • Brain-netting – An electronic method often cloud based.
  • Crawford's Slip Writing Approach – classic notes on the wall approach.

These techniques help you in specific brainstorming situations:

  • Reverse Brainstorming –improve a product or service.
  • Starbursting –develop questions to evaluate a proposal.
  • Charette Procedure –large groups of people
  • Round-Robin Brainstorming – avoid influence of other people.
  • Rolestorming –take on other people's identities while brainstorming; reduce inhibitions.

Editor’s Note:  There are many resources for the tools and techniques presented in this series of articles.  A few examples follow:

Mind Tools:

Learn Out Loud:

Business Balls:

Project Management Guru:



Defense Acquisition Management Information Retrieval (DAMIR) has replaced legacy systems to include CARS.  DAMIRS reports all the DAES, SARs and APB's for the MDAP and MAIS programs. 


What is DAMIR?

DAMIR is a web-based tool that:

Provides enterprise visibility to Acquisition Program Information to include cost, schedule, performance and contract information. Includes all MDAP and MAIS programs. Allows OSD to perform its oversight role and respond to OMB and Congressional needs.  Improves data consistency and timeliness of information.  Enables two-way information flow. Promotes net-centric information principles. "Retires the family of legacy acquisition reporting systems (i.e. Consolidated Acquisition Reporting System (CARS))."

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Since 1994, The Cost Analysis Strategy Assessment has enabled logisticians throughout DoD to perform life cycle cost and decision support analysis in the Windows environment. CASA 9.1.405 offers extensive capabilities to Program Managers and PEOs by extending their ability to mine data from mature data sets, providing multiple mechanisms for data interchange, improved reports, and a more robust graphical user interface. CASA 9.1.405 is capable of running on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. These features -- along with many more -- make CASA the preferred tool for engineering-based life cycle assessments.

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DAMIR is a DoD initiative to provide enterprise visibility to Acquisition program information. The primary goal of DAMIR is to streamline acquisition management and oversight by leveraging the capabilities of a net-centric environment. DAMIR will identify the various data sources the Acquisition community uses to manage Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) programs and provide a unified web-based interface through which to present that information. DAMIR will enable the OSD, Military Services, Congress and other participating communities to access information relevant to their missions regardless of the agency or where the data resides. As DAMIR evolves, its components will replace the need for the legacy Consolidated Acquisition Reporting System (CARS). The current DAMIR capability consists of two major web-based components: Purview and the Virtual Library.



These Facilitative Questions have been designed by Sharon Drew Morgen specifically to help you begin the process of change and innovation decision-making.

This modern Facilitative approach is central to Sharon Drew Morgen's concepts, which can be applied to all sorts of personal and organizational innovation and change situations.

Specifically, this process sits within the Morgen Buying Facilitation Method® whose method employs Facilitative Questions that can be used to support decision-making for change and innovation.

Ask yourself and answer these questions to determine if you are ready to make a change, or ready to become an innovator. Often as innovators we are not always aware of when it's time to change, what to change, if to change, or how to change. Here are some Facilitative Questions that will help you determine how to make sense of any issues around change that you have been pondering.

These Facilitative Questions have been designed by Sharon Drew Morgen specifically to help you begin the process of change and innovation decision-making.

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Survey Tool from MITRE


Survey Tool from MITRE


Modular Open Systems Approaches, formerly known as Open Systems Architecture or Open Systems Approach, is a continuation and expansion of past work in the area of modular design, open architectures, and supporting business processes. The intent of the revision to this site, and the expansion of the MOSA concept, is to:

  • remind the MOSA concept users and implementers that there are many aspects to properly instantiating MOSA for the benefit of DoD;
  • provide pointers to the latest in policy, guidance, and research covering those various aspects, from an overarching and agency/service specific viewpoint;
  • ensure that information is current and accurate, with an understood viewpoint; and
  • provide a single source for the current body-of-practice (today), as well as a planned body-of-work to be accomplished.

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NAWCTSD is the Navy’s principal source of a wide spectrum of training solutions for the Warfighter. We have an exceptionally skilled military and civilian acquisition, research and development workforce, which along with our advanced laboratories comprise a center of excellence that produces leading-edge advances in training systems and human performance. Our site in Central Florida gives us the advantage of co-location with other military acquisition, research and development organizations, the University of Central Florida, and close proximity to the center of the simulation-based entertainment industry.

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Nudge theory is a flexible and modern concept for:

  • understanding of how people think, make decisions, and behave,
  • helping people improve their thinking and decisions,
  • managing change of all sorts, and
  • identifying and modifying existing unhelpful influences on people.

Nudge theory was named and popularized by the 2008 book, 'Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness', written by American academics Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein. The book is based strongly on the Nobel prize-winning work of the Israeli-American psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

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Nudge theory can help leaders and managers with:

  • understanding of how people think, make decisions, and behave,
  • helping people improve their thinking and decisions,
  • managing change of all sorts, and
  • identifying and modifying existing unhelpful influences on people.

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DAU Program Managers Toolkit. This toolkit for program managers (PMs) contains a graphic summary of acquisition policies and managerial skills frequently required by DoD program managers.

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This two page quick reference sheet provides you with the following:

  • A link to the "DoD Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Program, dated June 2015
  • Risk and Opportunity Fundamentals
  • Risk Handling
  • Opportunity Handling
  • List of mitigation/pursue approaches
  • Risk Management Do"s
  • Risk Management Don'ts
  • An IF - THEN type of risk statement.
  • A CONDITION - CONSEQUENCE type of risk statement.
  • Beware! - Pseudo Risks
  • Risk?Opportunity Categories
  • Quiz: Is it a Pseudo Risk, Risk, or Problem.


Risk Matrix is a software application that can be used to capture identified risks, estimate their probability of occurrence and impact, and rank the risks based on this information.  Risk Matrix also provides a capability for documenting how these risks will be handled (action plans) and tracking the effect of this action on associated risks.