A Descriptive Guide to Trade Space Analysis
Technical rept. 4 Feb-30 Apr 2015
ARMY TRADOC ANALYSIS CENTER MONTEREY CA
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This is one of two products exploring trade space analysis. This guide provides a description of the components of trade space analysis. It is meant to be idea generating, not necessarily idea providing. 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. The purpose of trade space analysis is to understand the critical components, explore the relationships between them, and apply value to those relationships in a way that facilitate informed decision making. It also 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. The second document is a technical report that outlines the assignment approach, TRAC case study, and recommendations for further exploration.
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