Mr. Michael Ellis, Mr. Jeff Craver
In these days of radically diminishing resources and belt tightening in the DoD and Industry, it’s easy to be lulled into thinking we cannot be as innovative as we were in the past when funding was more readily available. So using that logic, capability fulfillment is only possible when we are not funding constrained. In the meantime, the capability needs of the warfighter are not growing smaller – in fact, they are increasing at alarming rate in a desperate attempt to outpace the changing threat.
So, faced with this reality, what do we need to do?
– If we can’t get adequate funding, we need to make our processes smarter
– If we can’t build things faster, we need to build them more efficiently and with less re-work
– If we can’t afford the full set of performance, we should focus on meeting the highest priority needs
– If we can’t eliminate the threat of failure, we must effectively identify and manage the risk to success.
This presentation will focus on the natural occurrence of the misalignment problem as an out-growth of the difference in perspective held by the Program Manager, User, and the Technologist. It will describe how the Technology Program Management Model (TPMM) developed at the Army Space and Missile Defense Command-Technical Center is being employed to facilitate a breakthrough in the application of Systems Engineering principles to technology development and maturity assessment. The briefing will describe how the Defense Acquisition University recognized TPMM as a Systems Engineering best practice and what they are doing today to actively encourage its consideration. Finally, how an early adopters at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is using the TPMM methodology to reinforce a tool-based process focused on reducing and managing the risk that is inherent in technology development.
This presentation will strive to;
• Describe the problem space of maturing technology for transition from the perspective of the Program Manager, User, and the Technologist
• Provide an overview of the TPMM solution set in terms of Programmatics, Systems Engineering, and Transition Management
• Describe how one S&T Enterprise has applied the model to improve current processes and add-value to the enterprise,
• Discuss the Systems Engineering Module (SEM) as a government-owned SharePoint@ application that provides online implementation of the TPMM
• Describe how the SEM exists within the S&T Enterprise and for the Management of Technology Programs/Portfolio’s/Project’s
• Conclude with a Vision of the future and the extension of the TPMM process into the DoD S&T enterprise from Basic Research in groups like DARPA to Program Management in groups like PMO Aircraft Survivability Equipment.