The Program Manager's Role in Systems Analysis: Concept Formulation.
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DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA
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Although DODD 5000.1 deemphasizes detailed paper design studies in favor of prototyping, there is a continuing need for well-conceived, explicit analysis during the concept formulation stages of a proposed program. It is by means of this analysis that an operational deficiency is translated into a requirement which is in turn transformed into the conceptual design for a new system. This report discusses the conceptual design analysis process in some detail and describes the decisions and responsibilities of a PM. The study describes in brief how various forms of analyses--contingency, sensitivity and others--may affect the conceptual design of a weapon system. The example concept formulation study plan illustrated in this report identifies the study tasks and their interrelationships in synthesizing a preliminary concept design. This type of synthesis is not normally visible in program management simulation exercises, such as the system X laboratory exercise which is part of the curriculum at the Defense Systems Management School. The study concludes that although many argue that the PM is too busy to serve as the advocate for his program and that this role of advocacy may not be explicit in his Program Charter, he has traditionally carried out this function and is expected to do so. If he is to perform in this role to the best of his ability, it is imperative that he be familiar with the analysis that underlies the design, performance parameters and cost of the weapon system being acquired under his management. Author
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