Work Breakdown Structure for Management Control of Exploratory Development Research.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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MIL-STD-881A establishes requirements and guidance on the preparation and uses of a WBS that is applied to, and geared for, the latter stages of RDTE and during the production phase of major weapon systems. However, little guidance is provided on developing a WBS for Exploratory Development Research. The primary objective of this thesis was to develop a WBS for Exploratory Development Research. The objective was achieved by interviewing project engineers at AFWAL. The interview questions were divided into four categories Demographic data on the project engineers, Characteristics of Exploratory Development Research, Control structures currently used, and Process and primary factors used to develop a SOW. Exploratory Development Research deals with the development and demonstration of a concept. The project engineers interviewed uses a PhaseTask structure to organize their projects. The phases consist primarily of Conception, Preliminary and detail design, Fabrication, and Test Evaluation. The detailed tasks under each phase are project specific. It is recommended that a level three WBS be used on Exploratory Development Research projects. The first level represents the total research project. The phases listed above make up the second level, and the detailed tasks under each phase compose level three.
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