A RECIPE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS.
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER JOHNSVILLE PA AERONAUTICAL ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL LAB
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The engineering report technique is clearly applicable to military cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts, and most of the features are pertinent to any development contract. One important consideration could be its use to convert a program that is obviously of the cost-plus type, to two fixed-price contracts. With a first fixed-price contract extending through the Analytical Solution, the derived parameter values, if well founded on the current state-of-the-art, form a reasonable basis for the second contract, a fixed-price development. On the other hand, the Analytical Solution report might be a basis for reorienting the program. It is believed that application of the engineering report philosophy as described, will maximize the probability that a given development will be successful. The four reports and the consideration that must be given to their preparation are a recipe for system thinking. When this recipe is followed, the contractor first cleans and checks over his ingredients, and then he builds an abstract reference model, openly derived in the best interest of the buyer. This model is set up in full view as a standard for the subsequent development. All deviations from the characteristics of the model must be explained and justified, not only those deviations that had to be put in, but also those added unknowingly and allowed to remain. Author
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