Tools, Methods, and Models

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LMI has developed, tested, and applied a variety of computer-based tools and analytical methods to help solve your most complex problems.


The LMI Enterprise Architecture Practice (LEAP®)—modeled after the Federal Enterprise Architecture—helps government agencies see how information technology (IT) and business changes impact an entire agency, not just one business area. It includes an end-to-end, top-down approach that results in business-driven architectures that link process and data models and lead to interoperable data and service-oriented architectures.


The OpenPolicy™ search tool is a solution for extracting related knowledge from large collections of complex documents such as directives, regulations, manuals, and other instructions. Massive amounts of information, and more importantly knowledge, is virtually locked away in these electronic files of written prose. OpenPolicy combines innovative technologies with LMI’s deep government expertise to solve this persistent and expensive problem. OpenPolicy uses an industrial strength semantic data base platform that enables intuitive searching and filtering and provides “guided navigation” built on real subject matter expert knowledge. Learn more »


LMI developed the Earned Value Compliance Assessment Method (EVCAM) to assess compliance of a contractor's earned value management system (EVMS) with the ANSI/EIA-748-A-1998 standard guidelines (as required in the Federal Acquisition Regulation for all major acquisitions in development). EVCAM provides assessment results, including strengths and weaknesses, and identifies actions required to obtain full compliance. Assessment criteria are weighted and easily customized to meet department EVMS requirements, contract life-cycle phase (pre-award or post-award), and type of assessment (initial or surveillance).


The Program Risk Evaluation (PRE)—derived from the software risk evaluation model developed by the Software Engineering Institute—is for systematically identifying, analyzing, communicating, and mitigating the risks of complex IT development projects and programs.


To ensure that managers have the best information to make decisions, agencies often establish or modify policies and procedures, launch new initiatives, or acquire new systems. To do so, they often seek the services of an unbiased contractor to ensure that the changes are implemented efficiently and effectively and that they are consistent with best practices. This type of review is generally called an independent verification and validation (IV&V). To provide our government clients with the best IV&V services possible, LMI has developed a comprehensive review process, called INDEPTH, which can provide IV&V services at three levels—agency, project, and system—across a broad spectrum of functional areas. Examples of the types of support we have provided include monitoring and assessing system testing, reviewing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) exhibit 300s, evaluating agency policies, and recommending improvements to IT deployment processes and training programs. As a not-for-profit firm dedicated to serving our nation’s government, we are uniquely qualified for this work because we strictly avoid conflicts of interest, and we provide objectivity in our analysis that focuses on achieving the government's objectives, not finding flaws in individual performances.

State-of-the-Art Surveying

 Using the latest data collection technology and methods, our proven approach integrates statistical sample design and sound data analysis to produce clear, thorough, and practical reports for management action. The associated web survey tracking tool offers unique flexibility, permitting easily customized and quickly deployable survey instruments.