Human Resources and Personnel Cost Data in System Design Tradeoffs: and How to Increase Design Engineer Use of Human Data.
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TEX
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A number of studies performed over a period of several years regarding the use of human resources and personnel cost data in system design tradeoffs were analyzed and the results integrated. Five questions were posed and answered. What are system design tradeoffs. What are human resources data. Why should military psychologists be interested in system design tradeoffs and human resources data. How much effect do system design tradeoffs have on human resources and personnel cost. And, what does this have to do with increasing engineer use of human data in design activities. The following conclusions were derived. Tradeoffs are a significant part of the weapon system design process. The choice of design alternative in a tradeoff study would, in many cases, substantially affect the human resources of the organization using the product of the design. It is feasible to use data describing these human resources in design tradeoffs. This use could lead to development of products which make less demand on those resources. Viewing system design as a human decision process involving choice points and options, gives the psychologist an orientation toward design which allows him to more effectively work with the engineer. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations