Terms (as used
in this book)
Annex D of the Integrated Program Summary -- Risk
assessment portion of the IPS required by Part 4, Section E of DoD 5000.2.
Best Practices -- The design, test, and manufacturing processes and practices which are currently deemed to be the most technically sound development methods.
DoD Acquisition Flowchart -- A multi-panel, fold-out diagram of the general process typically
used by an acquisition contractor during Phase 0, I, and II of an acquisition
program, integrated with a diagram of the Department of Defense acquisition milestones.
Measures of Effectiveness -- The standards or criteria for
identifying what should define a technical process; these are the details of
the best known technical processes.
Process Baselining -- The identification of known best
practices for a particular process; to be used as a benchmark for assessing an
actual program's processes; also involves identifying the standards or "best
practices" (program baseline) which have been established for a particular
Technical Risk -- The variance between best known
technical practices for a process and a particular program's plan or
implementation of that process; focus is on the technical process of design,
test and production rather than technology, management, cost, schedule or
other programmatic issues.
Technical Risk Assessment -- The identification and
measurement (either qualitative or quantitative) of technical risk.
Technical Risk Management -- Includes technical risk
assessment, plus actions for correction and monitoring progress.
Template Chart (or DoD Templates) -- A compilation of
technical and managerial processes which were identified by a Defense Science
Board Task Force as having potential for causing difficulty during the
development of an acquisition program. The templates do not attempt to
identify all the processes involved in an acquisition program, but highlight
the ones which present the most critical needs for management.
Watch-Out-For ... -- Requirements, conditions, materials,
types of equipment or parts which almost inevitably create potential
or actual risk.