PMWS tools are centered on the engineering process itself,
thus are process oriented. If all engineering processes are understood,
correct, and under control, the results will be close to
Cost increases and schedule slippage are delayed indicators of
technical problems. PMWS tools manage and process technical risks in order
to surface engineering problems as early as possible. In this way, they can
be addressed and mitigated before cost and schedule problems appear.
For example: if the risk management portion of PMWS, the
Technical Risk Identification and Mitigation System (TRIMS), indicates that
a program is incurring a risk because a Design Reference Mission Profile is
not being developed, the user can go directly to the knowledge bases (e.g.,
KnowHow and BMP Database) and get full details on why a profile is needed
and how to develop one, including metrics and examples.
The PMWS identifies such problems early in the design process,
whereas non-technical (e.g., cost, schedule) tools will not expose the
problem until well into the operational test and evaluation process. This is
a typical example of how the PMWS can work for the user.
The PMWS is a dynamic tool that will:
Give rapid access to the information needed to manage a
Provide technical risk assessment for specific program
Show successful industry solutions to reduce technical
risk and improve quality and