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.
[ phase 1 ]
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
[ phase 2 ]
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