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PEO GCS Teammate Helps Army Save Millions


Lien Dierker, Lead Systems Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, recently led the Obsolescence Products Manager – Integrated Process Team of six other employees on a project that saved AMC $7,290,161.00. 

Team members were Todd Hawotte, Angela Ward, Brad Hoffman, Angela Hernandez, Byron Morigney and Matt Dolecki.

“This project was a very positive initiative for the PM Abrams,” said Dierker.  “It was also executed in a successful similar way by Stryker team led by me a few years ago.” For the Stryker project, she evaluated the pricing for a three-year contract from FY13-FY15, resulting in a savings of $33.4 million.
 
She and her team completed a "Better Buying Power" project using her black belt lean six sigma and project management experience to make a process improvement for PM Abrams Obsolescence Management.  The project began in October 2015 and was completed in January 2017. They used the project management methods, and systems engineering approach to manage the OM in terms of cost, schedule and performance. They worked with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (General Dynamics Land Systems) to analyze the current requirements of part availability, obsolescence issues and resolutions. They then requested budget from AMC, evaluated cost submitted by GDLS and applied Earn Value Management method to reduce the price.  She and her teammates received time off awards in recognition of their accomplishments.

“I am happy that I make a difference for the US Army,” Dierker said. “This is an important initiative for ‘Better Buying Power’ that the Big Army directed. I am happy that I successfully applied systems engineering and project management principles to support the obsolescence management program for both Stryker and Abrams PMOs. I was able to take a confused, complex, and costly problem and transform it into an ordered, systematized, easy to understand and cost effective system.”
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