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DOE G 413.3-17 Chg 1 (Admin Chg), Mission Need Statement

Functional areas: Program Management, Project Management

This Guide provides authors of mission need statements, as identified in DOE O 413.3A, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets, dated 7-28-06 with suggested content, definitions, and examples for writing a clear statement to support an acquisition executive's decision to initiate exploration of options to fulfill a capability gap, which may include a capital asset acquisition.

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Writer: John Makepeace
  • Administration
  • Management and Operations
ID: DOE G 413.3-17 Chg 1 (Admin Chg)
Type: Guide
OPI: PM - Office of Project Management Oversight and Assessments
Status: Current
Approved Date: Jun 20, 2008
Last Update: Oct 22, 2015
Invoking Directive: No

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Lloyd Brown says:
May 22, 2018 04:23 PM
This note is written to ask for clarification regarding "constraints" and risks as detailed in this document.

Strategic Risk is well discussed in 4.d.3.d.

Constraints are discussed in 4.e.3 and are not indicated to be risks:
"Briefly describe the functional, technical, operational, staffing, regulatory,
safety, or financial constraints that could apply to the exploration and
acceptance of potential solutions to satisfying the mission need. "

I do not consider constraints to be risks. However, the examples in the appendix jump right to several types of risks which when translated to MNS documents prepared for a project begin to focus on gap solutions which is not the intent of this stage of the project.

I believe constraints should be at a level such as a state precludes an activity based on regulation or policy, etc. This would not be a regulatory "risk". Stating that there is a technical risk due to the need for technology development, a cost risk because of potential for overruns, a schedule risk due to not making the baseline schedule., etc. does not add actionable information at CD-0.

I believe it would be better to not discuss constraints in the context of several kinds of risks as detailed in the examples as I believe constraints are generally known at this stage and are not risks. Your guidance would be appreciated. Thank you. Lloyd Brown, 208.351.8603
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