Teaming is a "win-win" team relationship based upon understanding the
responsibilities and capabilities of each of the partners. This
relationship is especially important when the government and prime contractor's
power supply design expertise has declined with downsizing and
outsourcing. To prevent the decline of this expertise requires active
practice and keeping abreast of power supply related design and manufacturing
state-of-the-art advancements. This is not possible on a part-time/sharing
basis, and as a result, power supply technical expertise currently resides
predominately at the power supply vendors that have design capabilities.
Without early teaming between the prime contractor and power supply vendor,
the power system specification requirements will often result in an inefficient
power system architecture and power supply design. Power supply expertise
is a required input for system level trade offs that lead to an efficient power
system specification. These trade offs, including the appropriate sharing
of program risks, should continue between the prime contractor and power supply
vendor throughout the detail power system design leading to the development of
the power supply interface requirements and specification.
The teaming arrangement should include the technical
participation of the customer, prime contractor and power supply vendors at
key power systems and power supply decision points/phases during the program
life cycle. Feedback and corrective action is more effective when
members regularly review their contribution to the team. Table 1.6-1 displays, according to phase,
a suggested schedule of meetings and technical personnel who should attend.