Original Date: 07/25/2005
Revision Date: 09/12/2006
Best Practice : 30-Day Program Launch
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ 30-Day Program Launch requires new program acquisition to undergo a gate review with engineering and manufacturing management to promote stable program initiation. The program includes a 30-Day Launch Review that focuses on proposal and planning documentation critical for program execution. The review process ensures that the appropriate level of planning has been achieved and that the infrastructures are in place to optimize the probability of meeting cost, schedule performance, and quality objectives of a new program .
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ (NGES’) 30-Day Program Launch is implemented in all new program acquisitions, establishing a stable program foundation and identifying execution problems and planning weaknesses that can be corrected before program implementation. Program efforts focus on building products that are based on proposal requirements and emphasize the critical planning areas of program strategy for success, system overview, contract and requirements flowdown, system overview, family tree, test approach, integrated schedule, design-to-cost, page and line, risk analysis, financial plan, and senior design authority.
A 30-Day Program Web site has been created that provides detailed instructions, checklists, work product templates, and examples. A steering committee of experts assigns advisors to assist in a program’s initial planning phase, with a thorough program review conducted by members of the Steering Committee at the completion of the program planning phase. At the 30-Day Program Launch Review, a short program overview and checklist are presented, actual work products are reviewed, and action items are assigned for tracking.
NGES has conducted more than forty 30-Day Launch Reviews since 2004. The timely involvement of stakeholders to address areas of risk that directly impact program execution has been critical to the success of NGES in implementing healthy programs that meet contractual requirements.
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