project management intern | summer 2018
a memorable summer collaborating with the U.S. Army to develop the next generation of electromagnetic rail gun systems. under the project management office, I assisted the engineering team to deliver a hi-fidelity prototype for a three-year project with a $40+ million annual budget, evaluated r&d proposals, and worked on several other projects.
highlights: learning how to fly an unmanned drone, margarita mondays with my intern cohort, and visiting our state of art facilities in the high desert
01 process improvement
[ overview ]
project management isn't easy...but it can be easier when you are maximizing the available tools and following best practices in the industry.
“when I first started as a project manager here it felt like I…was being thrown into an ocean without knowing how to swim. I’ve been here for ~2 years now and I’m still learning the ropes. ” -- q, 29 yrs old
[ solution ]
to standardize common practices for project management, I spent 10 weeks conducting ethnographic studies + interviews with the team and presented my final research and suggestions to upper management executives for feedback and implementation.
unfortunately due to NDA, i can't share any specifics but the main improvements included changes to the onboarding process and the creation of shared resource drive.
plan checkpoints, schedule interviews, and track progress
observe how project managers conduct their daily tasks
how do others in this industry practice project management?
transfer raw data -> usable data and define problems
share findings, brainstorm solutions, discuss feasibility
early representations of the shared resource drive + onboarding process
presented research and suggestions to president and upper management
discuss additional research questions and next steps for team