Technology Maturity Assessment Methodology SDIO Systems SETA
Technical progress rept. no. 1, for period ending 15 Sep 1989.
RIVERSIDE RESEARCH INST ARLINGTON VA
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A development program can be described and evaluated by three interrelated parameters cost, schedule, and technical performance. These parameters can be visualized as the x, y, and z axes of a three-dimensional space. A programs desired objective, usually represented by a conceptual design, is a point in the three-dimensional space defined by the estimated or target values for cost, schedule, and desired technical performance of this conceptual design. To reach this goal, a series of events is laid out which defines the development path. Each event contains its own cost, schedule, and technical performance characteristics. Ideally, the summation of the individual event parameters equals the whole. It is impracticable, if not impossible, to condense most programs to a single cost, schedule, and technical performance parameter. However, it is often possible to condense myriad development activities into a series of key activities and events which provide a reasonably accurate depiction of the overall program. Because of the uncertainty of predicting the outcome of future events, almost from the moment a program is baselined, programmatic forces tend to impose changes on the baseline parameters. This is especially true of research and development programs, like the Strategic Defense Initiative, where many projects are pushing the frontiers of science and technology.
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