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Technical Content and Risk Based Integrated Baseline Review ‐ PMAG Approach

EVM & Scheduling Track

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Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) is a technical review process integrated with schedule and cost baselines. Risk identification should be the focus of the IBR process which includes IBR preparation, Performance Measurement Baseline assessment, IBR execution, and management processes. Frequently, many IBRs have evolved into a “box check” process with an emphasis on in-plant CAM interviews and limited preparation by the government program office team. It is crucial to understand that an IBR is a process, not just an event. Properly planned and executed Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs) is a key element of a Program Manager’s risk management approach. IBR should be conducted according to Program Managers’ Guide to the Integrated Baseline Review Process in which technical content and risk identification should be the focus of the IBR preparation and execution. Risks identified during the IBR process can be categorized into five areas: technical, schedule, cost, resource, and management processes.

Attendees will benefit from the IBR “best practice” processes which have been implemented at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles AFB, CA since 2008.
IBRs for major acquisition programs are meticulously planned with extensive analyses of documentation – including the IMS before the CAM interviews.


Nhung Tran
USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Nhung Tran is Chief of the PMAG Program Assessment Branch at SMC, Los Angeles AFB, and has 25 plus years experience of Acquisition Management and EVMS implementation. Ms. Tran has led and managed Government teams to execute and/or support Integrated Baseline Reviews for numerous DoD and non-DoD acquisition programs.
Prior to joining SMC in 2007, Ms. Tran began her civil service career with Defense Contract Management Agency (then named the Defense Contract Management Services) in 1984. Among various assignments within DCMA, she was Earned Value Management (EVM) Specialist for DCMA EVM Center of Excellence; Project Engineer and Program Integrator for program managed by NASA, Missile Defense Agency, Army, and Air Force. Nhung currently provides integrated program management assistance and application training to acquisition Wings at SMC, Los Angeles AFB. Nhung holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Cal Poly, Pomona, CA and an EMBA degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Dr. Mun H. Kwon
Dr Mun Kwon Consulting
Dr. Mun H. Kwon is President of Dr Mun Kwon Consulting Company has over 29 years of Engineering Management and Program Management experience. Dr. Kwon manages and leads Program Management Assistance group (PMAG) as a senior acquisition adviser to support the Space and Missile Systems Center, providing integrated program management assistance to the SMC’s acquisition wings, and training workshops to develop integrated program management capabilities across the acquisition wings.
Prior to being a consultant, Col Kwon (Ret) worked as Deputy for Program management and Integration Directorate, SMC, LAAFB, CA. He led SMC’s Program Execution and Analysis Group, Acquisition Center of Excellence Group, and PMAG to support the SMC mission. His career has a wide variety of acquisition program management, education, HQ USAF air staff, and materiel leader assignments including Solid Rocket Motors business manager, Launch vehicles acquisition manager, Titan 34D Solid Rocket Motors Production and Launch Services project manager, Space Shuttle Payload Integrator, Advanced Space Technology program manager, USAF/XP chief scientist, professor of systems management, National Defense program control chief, Dean of education and technology, National Defense University, major acquisition national space systems program manager, and commander of materiel acquisition group.
Dr. Kwon earned a baccalaureate science degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland, a master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, second masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, and doctorate in Management from the United States International University.