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UK military shipbuilding experiences considerable schedule slippage. To assess the reasons for this and means to improve it, RAND researchers surveyed major shipbuilders, reviewed relevant literature, and identified the primary causes of production delays for shipbuilders. Earned value management is commonly used to manage shipbuilding projects, and its application to military shipbuilding could help better manage progress. Other means to help reduce schedule slippage may include developing more realistic schedules and options to control, reduce, or resolve changes quickly.

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