The Effect of Values on System Development Project Outcomes
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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To understand why organizations make certain decisions and target certain outcomes, it is useful to understand their priorities and preferences, commonly referred to as values. This research explores the relationship between the technical values held by system development teams and the operational effectiveness of the systems those teams produce. Specifically, it examines the impact of a value set called FIST Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, Tiny on Department of Defense DoD and NASA system development projects, and investigates the correlation between the FIST values and operational outcomes. The findings show that the FIST value set enhances project stability, increases the project leaders control and accountability, optimizes failure, fosters luck, and facilitates learning. These benefits of the FIST approach all support the goal of ensuring that the organization delivers systems that are available when needed and effective when used. FIST is therefore recommended as an effective approach to system development, and several heuristics are provided to facilitate understanding and application of these values.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
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