The Development and Initial Evaluation of the Human Readiness Level Framework
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Proper measurement and management is necessary to effectively translate capability needs and technology opportunities into stable, affordable, and well-managed acquisition programs. The Technology Readiness Level TRL has proven to be the tool and process of choice for assessing the maturity of developing technologies within the Department of Defense DoD. Yet, the TRL has proven incapable of consistently capturing the human-related aspects of technology development and their association with technology readiness. This thesis describes the initial development and evaluation of the Human Readiness Level HRL. The purpose of the HRL framework is to complement TRLs in program risk management structures within the Integrated Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics IDATL Life Cycle Management System. Further development and evaluation of the HRL framework is required beyond what was carried out as part of this thesis. However, the initial framework takes that first step towards providing acquisition professionals a comprehensive guide that ensures human-centric priorities are addressed throughout all phases and milestones of Defense Acquisition.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems