missile defense

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.

00 

integrated

master schedule

plan checkpoints, schedule interviews, and track progress 

01 

interviews + 

ethnographic studies

observe how project managers conduct their daily tasks

02

secondary +

comparative research

how do others in this industry practice project management?

03

synthesize + 

analyze data

transfer raw data -> usable data  and define problems

05

discuss + 

ideate solutions

share findings, brainstorm solutions, discuss feasibility

06

low fidelity

prototype

early representations  of the shared resource drive + onboarding process

07

share findings 

with executives

presented research and suggestions to president and upper management

08

feedback + 

implementation

discuss additional research questions  and next steps for team