Integrated Product Teams (IPT)

The Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) is a management technique that simultaneously integrates all essential acquisition activities through the use of multidisciplinary teams to optimize the design, manufacturing and supportability processes. IPPD facilitates meeting cost and performance objectives from product concept through production, including field support. One of the key IPPD tenets is multidisciplinary teamwork through Integrated Product Teams (IPTs). These teams enable making the right decisions at the right time.

IPT Process Map IPT Process Map

An IPT is a team of representatives from all appropriate functional disciplines working together to build a successful and balanced program, identify and resolve issues and provide recommendations to facilitate sound and timely decisions. The IPT is lead by the Project Manager (PJM) who ensures the proper mix of functional experts are represented.

The composition of the IPT depends upon the specific acquisition, its level of complexity and perceived risks involved in accomplishing the acquisition. The typical IPT will normally have a membership of at least the following:

  • Project Manager
  • Systems Engineer
  • Project Logistician
  • Contract Specialist

Take a look of the 2016 Navy IPT Industry Brief.