Program Management Corner


2018 Aviation Week Program Excellence Winners

Nominate Top Programs
by Feb. 1

Aviation Week Network’s 2019 Program Excellence nominations will focus on how programs are executed, with special attention on five issues that are affecting programs across the aerospace and defense enterprise. 

The five issues—identified as Program Excellence Evaluation Team members reviewed last year’s entries as well as at the 2018 Program Management Roundtable —include: 

  • Accelerating, broadening and deepening professional and capability development across the program team 
  • Reducing time along each process and stage of the program lifecycle so as to reflect dynamic technology development and speed-to-use demand 
  • Integrating the entire value chain to achieve speed, quality and/or cost improvement 
  • Reuse of processes, tools, technologies to increase value 
  • Optimizing risk and opportunity management across the value chain 

“Our focus is on how programs work, day to day,” says Aviation Week’s Program Excellence editorial director Carole Rickard Hedden. “There’s no doubt that every program innovates and creates new technologies – but in this process we are looking at how that is accomplished more than what is accomplished.” 

This approach, Hedden stresses, allows programs to share best practices while protecting intellectual property. “The A&D industry is unique in this approach, but it is essential due to the unique structure for this industry where a supplier on one program could be the prime on another program and where the performance of the smallest company in the value chain can impact the entire enterprise.” 

Following the nomination deadline Feb. 1, Aviation Week’s editorial team will review the entries in terms of performance between January 2015 through December 2018. Programs that make it through this validation process will then be invited to complete the Program Excellence Nomination Form

The Program Excellence Evaluation Team – which brings together a network of more than 300 program managers across the industry and government agencies – will then review all nominations. Finalists will be announced in September 2019, with finalists and winners to be honored at the annual Defense Chain Program Excellence Banquet Oct. 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

Program Excellence Initiative

Gather, analyze, learn, apply.

Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence initiative as part of the DefenseChain event unites leaders from across aerospace and defense companies, from program/project leaders and engineers to the IT experts, supply chain managers and strategic planning executives who together create performance success.

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Program Excellence Evaluation Team

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