Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Information : Thru-life Product Assessment Process
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems implemented the Thru-life Product Assessment Process as an alternative analysis tool that can be used with any hardware selection. Customer buy-in has demonstrated great success, as program managers and Integrated Process Teams use this process to obtain better decision-making data.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) recognized the need for a generic selection model that would provide its program managers and Integrated Process Teams with better decision-making data. The result was the Thru-life Product Assessment Process (TPAP), a recently implemented alternative analysis tool which is tailorable to any hardware selection.
TPAP only collects and evaluates enough data to discriminate among hardware alternatives, prioritize them, and make a recommendation. Because the process is used as a procurement selection evaluation tool, it is mandatory that the questions and scoring be formalized and well documented before the selection begins. A template asks a series of questions, then ranks and rates nine categories (technical performance requirements, technical documentation, configuration management, reliability and maintainability, program management, training, sourcing, supportability, total ownership cost) with a numerical response. Based on pre-determined criteria, the scores are tallied and presented either numerically or graphically. Subcategories and questions are then added under each category. The data collected also feeds downstream activities.
Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS initially developed TPAP as an Aegis program-based system; however, the process is flexible enough to be adapted to future programs. This objective, repeatable process can be audited and provides qualitative results. Customer buy-in has demonstrated great success. Among the customers using this process are the Baseline 6 Phase IIIC, the Baseline 7 Phase I, the Integrated Deepwater System, and the Duran-Ballen 21 Blue Team.
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