Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Aegis Standard Review Board
The Aegis Standard Review Board is responsible for the Aegis Computer Program Standard Manual. By implementing a Change Management Database and a web-based system, the Board improved the processing cycle time and communication of approved modifications for the manual.
The Aegis Standard Review Board (ASRB) at Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) is a multi-functional review board that facilitates process improvement changes to the Aegis Computer Program Standard (CPS) Manual. This manual contains a uniform set of processes used to assure that Aegis computer programs are of the highest quality and meet the customer’s requirements and expectations. The manual also defines the processes and standards governing development, test, production, and life cycle support of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS) computer programs. ASRB is chaired by the Software Quality Assurance Manager, with the remaining membership coming from Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS, government, and subcontractor activities. The Board is responsible for generating the Aegis CPS Manual, approving any change requests, recommending modifications, and communicating with process stakeholders.
Previously, change request forms to modify the Aegis CPS Manual were prepared manually and submitted to the Board for action. Anyone involved in developing software for the Aegis system had to maintain an up-to-date copy of the manual and conform to the standard processes. Changes approved by the Board were forwarded to the process managers for their approval. Accepted modifications were then bundled together for periodic release to all manual holders. The overall process often took several months for a change to be distributed.
In 1999, ASRB improved its change request process by developing a Change Management Database and a web- based system. Potential changes to the Aegis CPS Manual are now submitted and processed electronically. Accepted modifications are no longer bundled together for release, but instead are made available individually as soon as they are approved. Users are notified of all changes and updates via the web-based system. The web site also provides users with an on-line version of the Aegis CPS Manual, as well as access to Board meeting minutes and agenda, metric reports, and membership information.
Since implementing the Change Management Database and web-based system, ASRB has reduced the processing cycle time for modifications to approximately 30 days. This major improvement grew out of the Board’s commitment to continuous improvement. Additional benefits include the promotion of process consistency and maintenance of process control through team participation.
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