The Howard cybersecurity center is engaged in inter-disciplinary cybersecurity research with students, faculty, staff and external colleagues. This page identifies a standard re-usable process for research identification, training, engagement, delivery and communications. The objective is conduct research using a light weight project management model to facilitate communications and ensure control.
Opportunity Identification & Pre-Qualification Phase:
- Review Key portals/newsletters for research opportunities (NSF.gov , Research.gov, etc.)
- Identify opportunities for research based on capabilities, skills, benefit and partnerships.
- If an Opportunity is found, do an informal pre-qualification assessment to decide if its worth pursuing (very informal, no documentation reqd).
- I the opportunity should deserves further review, go to the Abstract Phase.
- Log it on the Master Log and Create a proposal subfolder in MS Teams
- Create a brief proposal abstract (who, what, where, when, how, how much)
- Create an estimate how much effort is needed to complete the proposal (S,M,L,VL) the dependencies
- Decide if we should create a formal proposal ( ‘Go’ / ‘No Go’)
- If it’s a ‘Go’ ; proceed to Proposal Phase
- Form the team, define roles, set objectives, due dates, and define the approvers.
- Complete the proposal, and determine who needs to approve
- Proposal Review & Approval
- Submit (update the log)
- Document Results and Lessons Learned
- File copy of all documents in the proposal folder
- Win – Engage for follow-on requirements to interlock logistics, funding and schedules.
- Establish and train the team needed to execute the deliverables
- Establish a project control book (MS Team) and create the following key control documents
- Project Charter – Identifies the team, scope, deliverables, stakeholders, responsibilities, estimates, and key assumptions
- Project Estimates/Budget – Cost estimates and account balances
- Project Plan – Schedules and assignment for all deliverables
- Communications – Meeting cadence, communication vehicles, status reports, stakeholder updates