PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT CANDIDATE SELECTION AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The memorandum discusses the weapon system output process, and the way in which product improvements contribute to increased system output. It investigates the use of AFM 66-1 data for product improvement decision-making and devotes particular attention to the problem of selecting product improvement candidates. The product improvement options available fall into two categories 1 changes in management policies 2 changes in weapon system hardware parameters. Of primary concern in the study are Air Force Class IV product improvements, i.e., those affecting safety of flight or mission essential systems. A new approach to product improvement, based on the use of a priority menu, is suggested. This menu provides a listing of the candidates for product improvement ordered by system support costs. The data needed to use the menu for product improvement are given detailed consideration. Suggestions are made for manipulating the current AFM 66-1 data to obtain an approximation of system downtime, a key element in developing the menu. There is also a discussion of the application of control limits procedures to product improvement candidate selection. Author