Engineering Management for Validation Prototype Phase,
AERMACCHI S P A VARESE (ITALY)
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The success and effectiveness of a concept demonstration-validation through the use of prototypes depend essentially upon the Contractors engineering management activities, that are therefore to be carefully tailored to the goals of the program. To this end, a special importance is borne by the activities for the definition of the most cost-effective prototype configuration, of planning, coordination and integration of the different specialty areas, of reduction and simplification of the formal qualification documentation and decisional processes. These requirements impose that the Customer shapes the contract layout to flexibility criteria and that the Contractor adapts its organization by establishing an efficient task force led by a dedicated system engineering structure. Essential factors for success are also a correct choice of the key people in the said organization structure and the completeness of the conceptual studies which represent the ground of a realistic planning of the prototype definition, development and evaluation activities. The evaluation of the benefits obtainable in terms of complete development costs and time by using the suggested policies and techniques can be qualitative only, significant and homogeneous comparison data being scarce. Another very important factor in reducing costs and time of innovative development projects, which is impossible to estimate from the quantitative viewpoint, is the opportunity of motivating the technical personnel and management by rewarding them with a tangible verification of their job in the shortest possible time.
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