Trade Space Analysis: Rotational Analyst Research Project
Technical rept. 4 Feb 2015-30 Apr 2015
ARMY TRADOC ANALYSIS CENTER MONTEREY CA
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This is one of two products exploring trade space analysis. This document is a technical report that outlines the assignment approach, TRAC case study, and recommendations for further exploration in trade space analysis application and methodologies. The main recommendations are developing decision support tools such as dashboards built around meta-models, the adaptation of a slightly different set of definitions for capabilities and requirements to open up the aperture to more of the DOTMLPF-P domains. The product of this research project is a second document, A Descriptive Guide to Trade Space Analysis. The guide asserts there are three primary components that make up trade space analysis physical characteristics, capability attributes, and applied utility value or priority. Finding the balance between all three of these components is what drives decision outcomes. It provides a description of several challenges associated with the conduct of trade space analysis and elements that must be contended with throughout the analysis. The guide offers a potential framework with which to build out a capabilities trade space analysis using the Quality Function Deployment model. Its structure facilitates communication, planning, and decision making at a variety of levels throughout the requirement system development process.
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