Successful implementation of TAAF has been spotty. Either a lack of
understanding of the TAAF process or contractual constraints have resulted in
inadequate efforts. The Defense Science Board Task Force on the Transition
from Development to Production recognized in 1983 the need for TAAF as a key
requirement to achieving adequate system reliability. Their recommendations
have been incorporated into DOD Manual 4245.7-M and the Navy's "Best
Practices" Manual NAVSO P- 6071. A major concept presented in these documents
is that tailoring must be done to the specific Program when considering the
necessary effort for high risk components.
How should a manager assess his TAAF program? - - Ask the following - -
Does everyone understand the benefits of TAAF? Are the required pieces of the
TAAF program in place? Are adequate resources available and being applied? Is
achieved versus planned growth being tracked throughout program development as
well as at major milestones?