Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : System Engineering Trade Study
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis re-engineered its trade study process to improve the product and response time to its internal and external customers. Based on a description of what should be included in a trade study (Table 2-1), MDA-St. Louis surveyed its high priority customers to determine further requirements for an exemplary study. Responses cited the need for such studies to be accurate, timely, objective, thorough, complete, have a consistent format, be documented, present a range of options, and provide a technical recommendation.
The MDA-St. Louis trade study process has been thoroughly modeled and brought under a control process that ensures that studies are timely and of a consistently high quality. Scheduling planning extends down to requiring that study documents be delivered to participants before meetings to allow sufficient time to review the progress of the study results. Personnel involved in the process know what problems they are to address, who it should be coordinated with, and when they are expected to conclude the study.
Table 2-1. Trade Study Product Characteristics
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